M36

Observed:  Points: 20

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as of 07/14/2024 8:47 p.m.

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General Info

TypeOpen Cluster
ConstellationAuriga
Right ascension5h36'17.700''
Declination+34°8'27''
Magnitude6.300
Distance4,100ly
Size12 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC1960, M36
Discovered 1654 Giovanni Hodierna

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M36

Orion XT8
20 points

hard to find with only a red dot finderscope. very hard to star hop.

M36

4.5in starblast
20 points

Small but bright. Another M6 look alike. Looked at this during the perseid meteor shower.

M36

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
20 points

I decided to hunt down the open clusters of Auriga tonight. Not a difficult task, as they are all visually pretty close to each other and Auriga is a well defined constellation with plenty of bright stars.

M36 is the first cluster I landed on, inside the box of the constellation. There are maybe 50 distinguishable stars tonight. It is a large bright open cluster, with a hint of nebulosity off to one side. I've heard that is another open cluster in the background, but I can't know for sure. As I was observing, a satellite crossed my field of view. Those things are becoming a nuisance!

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