versions: 1280 x 1024 1680 x 1050 3960 x 2672
Object Type: Open
M44, commonly known as the
Beehive Cluster or Praesepe (Latin for "manger") is easily visible to the naked
eye. Its age is estimated at 730 million years, and it is located about 577 light-years
from our solar system.
102-ED/TS Optics field flattener/STL-11000M/Astrodon LRGB filters/Paramount ME
Exposures: LRGB: L 10 x 3 minutes: R 10 x 3 minutes: G 10 x 3
minutes: B 10 x 3 minutes: RGB binned 2x2
Date: March 13, 2010
Location: Landers, California, USA
Technical Notes: Individual exposures were dithered using CCDAutoPilot2 and then sigma combined. The
RGB image was created in Registar 1.0. Reduce Noise was applied to the RGB image and the
dim portions of the luminance image. Gaussian Blur was applied to the RGB image.