M 44  -  wide field

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Object data of M44

Object type: Open star cluster (II2m)
Size: 95'
Magnitude: 3.1 mag
Constellation: Cnc
Distance: 600 Ly
Notes: Messier 44 (also known as Praesepe or Beehive Cluster), is an open star cluster in the constellation Cancer. With a distance of 600 light-years, it is one of the nearest open clusters to Earth. Age and proper motion coincide with those of the Hyades, suggesting they may share similar origins.

Exposure data

Date: 2017-11-17
Location: ATHOS Centro Astronomico / La Palma (900m)
Telescope: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L @ f/3.5 + mechanical stopper
Camera: EOS6D (ISO1600)
Mount: Astrotrac TT320X
Exposure time: 44x2min
Exposure time total: 1h28min
Notes: Image acquisition by CEDIC team (Bernhard Hubl, Christoph Kaltseis, Markus Blauensteiner)

Image processing by Bernhard Hubl