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NGC 2301 

OPEN CLUSTER IN MONOCEROS 

 (Image Centred at ra 6h:51m / dec +00:28)

 

 

March 2015 - Home Backyard in Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 


DATA

Type: Open Cluster

Apparent Magnitude: 6

Apparent diameter: 14 arc minutes

Distance: 2600 light years

 

IMAGE INFORMATION

TELESCOPE: 8" Orion Optics UK Mirror with Televue Paracorr (1150 mm focal length)

CAMERA: QSI 583 WS

FILTERS: Baader LRGB Astronomik Hs 6 nm

SKY CONDITIONS: Urban Skies

EXPOSURES: LHaRGB (30,30,30,30,)

 

OBJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMAGE SESSION

Located between the Rosette Nebula and Messier 50, NGC 2301is a good target for urban observers. It has an irregular shape elongated from north east to south west and contains approximately 100 bright stars (not all of them visible in the image). NGC is dominated by a nice colorful pair (blue / reddish) in its center. The cluster is estimated to be 160 million years old. The image was cropped and the FOV of the frame is approximately 39 x 28 arc minutes