Sunday, December 27, 2020

imaged NGC 2266 (Halifax)

While I was watching a new Netflix movie, the BGO captured NGC 2266, one of Blair's open clusters... I tried to view this one in the 3½" a while back and I could barely see it.

faint open cluster NGC 2266

Luminance filter, 5 seconds, 12 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, GIMP. North is up; left is east. 

This faint open cluster location in the constellation of Gemini is best viewed in November and December.

Some data from SkyTools 3 Pro. Also known as Collinder 113, Melotte 50, Raab 38, and OCL 471. Magnitude 9.5, size 5 arc-minutes, and at a distance of 11000 light-years.

The large rectangle above (north) with the star in the middle I had viewed at low power with the Meade ETX in April (and it reminded me of a dipper) but I had not got a good look at the cluster. Most of the members in this cluster are in the magnitude 12 and 13 range.

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