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M44 The Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (The Manger), 



    
        

            George Clayton Yendrey
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M44 The Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (The Manger)

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M44 The Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (The Manger), 



    
        

            George Clayton Yendrey
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M44 The Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (The Manger)

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher Esprit 100ED

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI2600MC-Pro

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MYT MYT

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Altair Astro MG60 Guidescope

Guiding cameras: ZWO Asi120mm-s

Software: PHD2 PHD 2  ·  Software Bisque The Sky X Pro, The Sky X  ·  ASCOM Platform 6 Verions 6.5 SP1  ·  Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy  ·  Starizona Starkiller Photoshop Utility  ·  PixInsight  ·  Photoshop  ·  Adobe Bridge Bridge

Filters: Optolong L-Pro 2"

Accessory: Moonlite focuser NightCrawler WR30  ·  Starizona Filter Slider


Dates:March 2, 2021

Frames: 47x240" (3h 8')

Integration: 3h 8'

Avg. Moon age: 18.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 86.89%


Astrometry.net job: 4271933

RA center: 8h 40' 24"

DEC center: +19° 40' 28"

Pixel scale: 1.396 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.132 degrees

Field radius: 1.437 degrees


Resolution: 6168x4116

Locations: George Clayton Yendrey, La Vernia, TX, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

M44 The Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (The Manger)

Messier 44 (M44), also known as the Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (the Manger), is an open star cluster in the constellation Cancer. Praesepe is a bright, large cluster with an apparent magnitude of 3.7. It lies at a distance of 577 light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 2632 in the New General Catalogue.

M44 is one of the nearest open clusters to Earth and can easily be seen without binoculars. It appears as a blurry patch of light to the naked eye. The cluster is best seen in binoculars and small telescopes. Occupying an area 95 arc minutes across, it fits in the field of view of binoculars and low power telescopes. Larger telescopes reveal more than 200 stars in the cluster.

The best time of year to observe the Beehive Cluster is from February to May, when Cancer rises high in the sky for northern observers.

Additional information M44 can be found here:

https://www.messier-objects.com/messier-44-beehive-cluster/

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M44 The Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (The Manger), 



    
        

            George Clayton Yendrey