NGC2362 Open Cluster in Canis Major

This pretty little open cluster in the constellation of Canis Major was first seen in 1654 by the Italian scientist and priest Giovanni Battista Hodierna.

Its apparent diameter of 8 arcmin. and the brigtness of 3.8mag makes it an very easy object for even smaller telescopes. Its real distance measures about 5000 light-years.

It is embedded in clouds of interstallar dust and gases,very well shown by a picture of the Spitzer-IR-telescope.


position (epoch 2000):

Ra.: 07h 18m 41,5s
Decl.: -24° 57′ 15


image data:

RGB(120-120-120min),a total of 6.0 hours

north is up
80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected cassegrain

FLI Proline 16803 Astrodon LRGB Gen-II filters

Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile,remote controlled

image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken


this picture shows NGC2362 in the complete FOV we can get with our setup: 22.5 x 22.5 arcminutes!

For full resolution click HERE

here you can look at the picture at a higher magnification:


Last modified on Friday, 29 January 2021 23:32

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