Messier 35. NGC 2168

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Messier 35 is a pretty large open cluster (about 500 stars) located in the constellation Gemini. Only about 120 stars have a magnitude brighter than 13. This open cluster lies at a distance of 2800 light years, which is much closer than its neighbor (lower right) NGC 2158 (17000 light years).



Additional Information


Name(s): M35. NGC 2168

Type: Open Cluster

RA:  06h 08m 53s

Dec: +24º 19’ 54”

Constellation: Gemini

Size (arcmin): 30×30 arcmin

Magnitude: +5.4

Distance: 2800 ly


Date: 2021-02-11 to 2021-02-13

Location: iTelescope, New Mexico Skies, Mayhill, NM, USA

Size (arcmin): 54×34 arcmin

Telescope: 20” (51 cm) f/4.5 Reflector

Camera: FLI PL11002 (4008x2872pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 2 hours (RGB: 2h; Synthetic Luminance was prepared with these filters)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2021



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