The Beehive Cluster


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Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
Gilbert
Messier 44
Star cluster
Mayhill, NM
12-05-2005
Description

M44, the Beehive CLuster, also known as Praesepe (Latin for manger), is an easy naked eye object more than twice the size across of the full moon, and has thus been noted since prehistoric times. It was one of the first objects on which Galileo trained his newly acquired telescope. M44 is one of the nearest open clusters, close to 600 light-years away.

This image is composed of seven 15 minute unguided subexposures.  To see the full field image click here

 

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
LRGB (60, 15, 15, 15 minutes unguided)
Camera:
SBIG STL-11000M
Telescope:
Takahashi FSQ106N
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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