NGC 2353

45 minutes exposure, Fuji Super HG V 400 film.
5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.

NGC 2353 is very compact cluster of moderately bright stars in Monoceros, close to the Monoceros - Canis Major border. It is located in an interesting region of the sky with several small open clusters and emission nebulae close by. One of these nebulae is visible above and a little left of the cluster. This is Sharpless 2-294. On the right edge, some faint traces of the emission nebula, IC 2177 are visible.

The brightest stars in the cluster are B and A type main sequence stars, with the brightest being the B1-type star SAO 152598. Being situated in the Milky Way, the surrounding region is rich in faint stars.