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Open Cluster in Monoceros

Messier 50 is a nice open cluster for telescopes of all sizes. It lies about 3200 light years away, and it is about 20 light years in diameter. It contains mainly white and blue-white stars, but a few red giant and yellow stars are seen as well.

Magnitude 5.9
Apparent Size 16'
Distance (light yrs) 3,200
Right Ascension 7:03.2
Declination -8 20

Image details:  19 exposures of 90 seconds at ISO 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera through a Meade 12” telescope at f/5.4. 

March 2010