Open cluster in Auriga

Messier 37 is a bright open cluster that is a very impressive sight in a t
elescope with a wide field eyepiece. It is a densely packed group of several hundred stars, many more than the nearby Messier 36 and Messier 38.

Magnitude 5.6
Apparent Size 24'
Distance (light yrs) 4,400
Right Ascension 5:52.4
Declination +32 33

Image details (top):  20 images, each 60 seconds at ISO 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera through a Meade 12” telescope at f/5.4.

February 2009

Image details (bottom):  Exposure times of 36 minutes luminance and 18 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/6.5.

January 2014