Messier 50 (North Up, East Left)
Messier 50, also known as NGC 2323, is an open cluster in the constellation of Monoceros. It has a diameter of ~13 light-years, lies at a distance of ~3,000 light-years and is ~78 million years old. The top 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 50 degrees on 12 December 2015. The field of view of the image is 31’ x 20’. The middle and bottom images comprise 6 x Luminance (300 seconds each), 0.101m f/5.4 Tele Vue refractor with FLI ML16200 camera at an altitude of 45 degrees on 26 February 2017. The fields of view are 132’ x 132’ (2.2 degrees square) and 42’ x 42’, respectively.
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 26 May 2020