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Open Cluster in Auriga

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Messier 38 is one of three bright open clusters in Auriga that are featured on Messier's list, along with Messier 36 and 37. It contains about 120 stars in a cirlce about 1/3 of a degree wide, and it is best viewed at low power, or through binoculars.

Magnitude 6.4
Apparent Size 21'
Distance (light yrs) 4,200
Right Ascension 5:28.7
Declination +35 50
Field of View 34' x 26'

Image details:  Exposure times of 84 minutes luminance and 30 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/5.2.

December 2016