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Messier 48
Object Information:

Messier 48, also known as NGC 2548

Messier 48 is a nice looking open cluster in the constellation of Hydra. Messier 48 can be a naked eye object under good conditions under very dark skies. It is a nice object for viewing with binoculars or a low power telescope.

Astronomers have estimated that Messier 48 is approximately 1,500 light years from us and is approximately 23 light years in diameter.

Image date:

January 12. 2013

Exposure Information:

1.5 hour exposure - 0.5 hour for each of the red, green and blue filtered exposures.

Imaged at:

Blair Valley, Anza-Borrego State Park, San Diego County, California

Equipment:

Optics - Takahashi MT-200 Newtonian working at f/4.8
Camera - SBIG STL-11000
Mount - Astro-Physics 1200 GTO