Beehive Cluster (Praesepe)

Observed:  Points: 50

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as of 11/11/2019 9:57 p.m.

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General Info

TypeOpen Cluster
ConstellationCancer
Right ascension8h40'22.200''
Declination+19°59'19''
Magnitude3.700
Distance577ly
Size95 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC2632, M44
Discovered Aratos of Soli

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The following form will generate a PDF finder chart suitable for printing using to locate objects in the sky with your telescope!

The Date is only really useful for solar system objects, as deep space objects move measurably only on a galactic timescale.

The larger the F.O.V (field of view), the more "zoomed out" the object will appear. It can be helpful to print several charts of the same object with different field of views.

Limiting the magnitude (remember, lower magnitude means brighter!) of stars and objects can make sure your chart is not cluttered with dim objects that you may not be visible to you anyway. The defaults are good, but try experimenting with raising and lowering the values.

Very large open cluster. No real shape but very bright stars.

My first cluster! It wasn't the best night for viewing DSOs with that bright-ass moon but I had gone through all the trouble of setting up and such so I decided to see what I could find while I was there. The Beehive was gorgeous! Really blew my mind. In my field of view I could easily pick out about two dozen bright stars, and even more when I swept from side to side. Can't wait to take another look when the skies are dark. Also, I need to invest in some binocs.

Quite bright, just as the name is: just like a beehive.

Large and bright open cluster. Fully resolved.

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