Messier 44 - The Beehive Cluster
Messier 44, also known as the Beehive Cluster is an open cluster of stars that is approximately 580 light years distant.
Messier 44 is visible to the unaided eye in the constellation of Cancer and has been known since ancient times. It is sometimes also known as the Praesepe, which is Latin for "manger". More than 200 of the 350 stars in this area have been confirmed as cluster members. The cluster is best observed using low powered binoculars.
Follow this link for more information on the Beehive Cluster: http://www.seds.org/messier/m/m044.html
February 28, 2009
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Vallecito County Park, Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego County, California
Optics - Takahashi Epsilon 160 f/3.3 astrograph
Mount - Astro-Physics AP 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG STL-11000M