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.
January 12. 2013
1.5 hour exposure - 0.5 hour for each of the red, green and blue filtered exposures.
Blair Valley, Anza-Borrego State Park, San Diego County, California
Optics - Takahashi MT-200 Newtonian working at f/4.8
Camera - SBIG STL-11000
Mount - Astro-Physics 1200 GTO