|Object Type||Open Cluster|
|Size||70.0' x 70.0'|
M44, also known as Praesepe or the Beehive cluster, is a very large and bright open cluster in Cancer, that is easily visible to the naked eye as a small cloud. Due to its very large size, it is difficult to view the entire cluster in a telescope, with binoculars giving a better view. The brightest stars are a mixture of white, main sequence and yellow giant stars.
Combination using Photoshop of a 40 minutes and a 20 minutes exposures, Kodak Elitechrome 200 slide film.
5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.