M 67 – NGC 2682

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M67 was discovered before 1779 and rediscovered by Charles Messier in 1780, who included it in his catalogue. A rich cluster (more than 500 stars) on its own and located about 3,000 ly away.

M67 is one of the oldest star clusters known, about 4-5 billion years old. This makes it suitable for studying star evolution. An interesting fact is the presence of “Blue Stragglers” as well as the high proportion (40%) of white dwarfs.

Additional Information

Object

Name(s): M67, NGC 2682

Type: Open Cluster

RA:  08h 51m 17s

Dec: +11º 47’ 59.6”

Constellation: Cancer

Size (arcmin): 25×25

Magnitude: +6.9

Distance: 3,000 ly

Image

Date: 2012-03-14

Location: Corbera de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia

Size (arcmin): 30×23

Telescope: Celestron 11” HD f/10

Camera: FLI ML6303 (3072x2048pix)

Guiding: Orion SSAG/Nikkor 500mm f/8

Total exposure: 40 min (L: 10min; RGB: 30min)

Processing: PixInsight

 

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