Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cancer (Cnc)  ·  Contains:  Beehive  ·  M 44  ·  NGC 2632  ·  Praesepe Cluster
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Beehive Cluster, M44, 



    
        

            Nicholas Gialiris
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Beehive Cluster, M44

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Beehive Cluster, M44, 



    
        

            Nicholas Gialiris
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Beehive Cluster, M44

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics GT 81 APO

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i

Mounts: SkyWatcher HEQ5 PRO

Guiding telescopes or lenses: William Optics 50/200 GuideScope

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI120MM Mini

Focal reducers: William Optics Flat 6A III

Software: DeepSkyStacker  ·  StarTools  ·  GIMP


Dates:March 27, 2020

Frames: 31x30" (15' 30") ISO400

Integration: 15' 30"

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~20

Bias: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 2.78 days

Avg. Moon phase: 8.47%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 8.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4236982

RA center: 8h 40' 27"

DEC center: +19° 40' 37"

Pixel scale: 3.257 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 270.865 degrees

Field radius: 1.357 degrees


Resolution: 2278x1953

Locations: BackYard, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Beehive Cluster is slightly visible to the naked eye from a dark site. It is best seen through binoculars or small telescopes, which will reveal hundreds of stars that are simply too faint to be seen otherwise.

The Beehive is best viewed near the end of Winter through the beginning of Spring, as Cancer rises higher in the sky when Winter is about to end. M44 shows its large size and stars, mostly white and blue, with some smaller ones being red and orange, shining with a wide variety of brightness.

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Beehive Cluster, M44, 



    
        

            Nicholas Gialiris