Messier 44  -  Praesepe / Beehive Cluster

Full resolution (1600x1200 px  350kB)

Older image with Televue NP101

Object data of M44

Object type: open cluster (II 3 m)
Size: 95'
Magnitude: 3.1
Constellation: Cnc
Distance: 520 Ly
Notes: many background galaxies

Exposure data

Date: 2008-02-23/24
  Location: Nussbach / Austria (400m)
Telescope: 12" Newtonian telescope (f=1139mm)
Camera: ST2000XM with CFW8 and SBIG Filters
  Binning: L 1x1 / RGB 1x1
  Exposure time: L 18x2m / R 4x8m / G 4x4m / B 6x4m
Exposure time total: 1h 48m

near full moon; high clouds; first test image with new scope