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Object Type: Open
M46 is a bright, rich cluster
notable for the planetary nebula NGC 2438 near the northern edge of the cluster. NGC 2438
is not physically associated with M46, however, as it is 2,900 light-years distant from
our solar system, while M46 is 5,400 light-years distant.
Vixen 102-ED/ST-10XME/Astrodon LRGB filters/Paramount ME
Exposure: LRGB: L 8 x 5 minutes: R 8 x 5 minutes: G 8 x 5 minutes: B 8 x 5
minutes: RGB binned 2x2
Date: February 2 and 8, 2008
Location: Landers, California, USA
Technical Notes: Individual exposures were taken using CCDAutoPilot2 and then sigma combined. The RGB image was created in Registar 1.0. A Gaussian
Blur of 1 pixel was applied to the RGB image.