Messier 44 (North Up, East Left)
Messier 4, also known as NGC 2632, "Praesepe" and "The Beehive", is an open cluster containing ~50 stars in the constellation of Cancer. It has a diameter of ~17 light-years, lies at a distance of ~580 light-years and is ~660 million years old. The first image comprises 12 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 on 16 February 2018. The field of view is 34’ x 23’. The second image comprises 6 x Luminance (300 seconds each), 0.101m f/5.4 Tele Vue refractor with FLI ML16200 camera at an altitude of 70 degrees on 27 February 2017. The field of view is 132’ x 132’ (2.2 degrees square).
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 26 May 2020