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Caroline's Cluster/NGC 2360 Open Cluster in Canis Major, 


Caroline's Cluster/NGC 2360 Open Cluster in Canis Major
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Caroline's Cluster/NGC 2360 Open Cluster in Canis Major

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Dates:March 23, 2019

Frames: 3x300"

Integration: 0.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 17.49 days

Avg. Moon phase: 91.83%

Basic astrometry details job: 2603504

RA center: 7h 17' 43"

DEC center: -15° 38' 34"

Pixel scale: 7.005 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 2.948 degrees

Field radius: 2.343 degrees

Resolution: 1336x2004

Locations: ORM, La Palma, Spain

Data source: Traveller


NGC 2360, also known as Caroline's Cluster, is an open cluster in the constellation Canis Major. It was discovered on 26 February 1783, by Caroline Herschel who wrote, "A beautiful cluster of pretty compressed stars near 1/2 degree in diameter." Her notes were overlooked until her brother William included the cluster in his 1786 catalogue of 1000 clusters and nebulae and acknowledged her as the discoverer. The cluster lies 3.5 degrees east of Gamma Canis Majoris and less than one degree northwest of the eclipsing binary star R Canis Majoris; it has a combined apparent magnitude of 7.2. It is 13 arc minutes in diameter.

Was browsing Star Atlas looking for object that acceptable with full moon while near over 45 degrees above horizon. Choose this and while is nice cluster I think star field is just superbe! Added bonus for me is discovery by Caroline Lucretia Herschel who I admire as important woman in astronomy.



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Caroline's Cluster/NGC 2360 Open Cluster in Canis Major,