Praesepe a large scattering of diamond like stars in the middle of a pretty unimpressive Zodiac constellation: Cancer. On this particular night it was located about 2deg away from Jupiter, which made it very easy to locate even with a 35% moon and terrible seeing.

With my Q70 wide FOV eyepeice, it still doesn't fit into the FOV of my scope. This is an object that is better viewed in binoculars! One of my favorite objects in the sky, and not because I was born in July.

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Beehive Cluster (Praesepe)

  • Observed with: Orion Scenix 10x50 Binoculars
  • Seeing: below average
  • Light pollution: poor