Messier 36 (North Up, East Left)
Messier 36, also known as NGC 216 is an open cluster in the constellation of Auriga containing ~60 stars. It lies at a distance of ~4,100 light-years, has a diameter of ~14 light- years and is ~25 million years old. The first image comprises 10 x Luminance (10 seconds each) and 5 x Red, Green and Blue (15,15 and 12 seconds each), 0.5m f/2.9 ASA Astrograph with FLI ML3200 camera at an altitude of 80 degrees over two nights, 30 September 2016 and 27 January 2017. The field of view is 34’ x 23’. The second and third images comprise 6 x Luminance (300 seconds each), 0.101m f/5.4 Tele Vue refractor with FLI ML16200 camera at an altitude of 80 degrees on 18 January 2018. The fields of view of the images are 132’ x 132’ 2.2 degrees square) and 42' x 42', respectively.
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 26 May 2020