M44 - Beehive Cluster
M44 (NGC 2632) is also known as Praesepe and is a bright open cluster of stars in the constellation Cancer. Its located 577 light years away and consists of hundreds of stars.
More information and additional images of this cluster can be found at the Messier Index - M44.
This image is an LRGB composite from multiple 15-second subexposures totaling 52, 13.25, 11.5, and 12.5 minutes respectively through a WO 4" f/7 refractor with an SXV-H9 detector using RGB filters. The image was taken on 9 March 2008.
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