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Contains:  NGC 2301, NGC2301
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NGC 2301, 


            Gary Imm
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NGC 2301

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Dates:Oct. 18, 2019

Astrodon Blue 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 20x120" (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Green 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 20x120" (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Red 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 20x120" (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 2.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 19.10 days

Avg. Moon phase: 80.19% job: 3017977

RA center: 6h 51' 47"

DEC center: +0° 27' 32"

Pixel scale: 0.882 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 90.658 degrees

Field radius: 0.294 degrees

Resolution: 3256x2789

Locations: Backyard (Mag 20.8 - New Moon), Onalaska, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard


This object is an open star cluster located 2500 light years away in the constellation of Monoceros at a declination of 0 degrees. This magnitude 6 cluster of 80 stars spans 15 arc-minutes in our apparent view, which corresponds to a diameter of 11 light years.

This is an unusual cluster - from the central group of stars, there seem to be 3 line of stars which extend up, left and right from the center. This has been described long ago by observers as "three arms of a cross". The cluster only contains about 80 stars, but many more are visible in the image due to the dense Milky Way background. The imaginative nicknames of this wonderful cluster include Hagrid’s Dragon, Romulan War Bird and Klingon Battle Cruiser.



Gary Imm
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NGC 2301, 


            Gary Imm