NGC 2362 Open Star Cluster, 



NGC 2362 Open Star Cluster

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C11 Celestron

Imaging cameras: 40D Canon

Mounts: CGEM Celestron

Dates:Oct. 27, 2013

Frames: 15x60" (15')

Integration: 15'

Avg. Moon age: 22.61 days

Avg. Moon phase: 45.09%

Basic astrometry details job: 4041996

Resolution: 831x536

Locations: Leesburg home, Leesburg , Florida, United States

Data source: Backyard


NGC2362 (also known as Caldwell 64) is an open cluster in the constellation Canis Major. It was discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654. Its brightest star is Tau Canis Majoris, and therefore it is sometimes called the Tau Canis Majoris Cluster. NGC 2362 has a distance of 1.48 kpc and is a relatively young 4–5 million years in age. It is a massive open cluster, with more than 500 solar masses.

Observation Notes : Pretty bright, pretty large, somewhat compressed, round at 165X. Tau CMA and about 45 stars. Tau has dark band around it, then cluster members. Tau has two companions that form almost a straight line. Tau is white, the two comes are bluish and both are on one side of Tau. Having a bright triple star in the center of a cluster is quite unique. Discovered by Giovanni Battista Hodierna before 1654.



NGC 2362 Open Star Cluster,