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2-18-04 Adam Stuart


Miami, FL

M44, the Praesepe or Beehive, is an open star cluster located halfway between Gemini and Leo.
It is easily visible to the unaided eye as a hazy 3rd magnitude patch. Galileo first observed it in a telescope as a collection of about 40 stars, and today's modern large telescopes reveal about 350 stars. M44 is about 577 light years away, and is about 400 million years old.

Starlight Xpress HX916
Takahashi FS 60-C piggybacked on LX200. Astronomik Type II IR blocked filters. LRGB composite of 180 second unguided integrations each filter, total exposure 60:30:30:30, unbinned 1x1. Acquired with AA 2.0, processed in AIP4WIN and AA 2.0. Temp 51 degrees, 65% humidity. full exif

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