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The Beehive Cluster 
(also known as Praesepe (Latin for "manger"), M44, NGC 2632, or Cr 189), is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the nearest open clusters to Earth, containing a larger population of stars than other nearby bright open clusters. Under dark skies, the Beehive Cluster looks like a small nebulous object to the naked eye; as known since ancient times. Classical astronomer Ptolemy described it as "nebulous mass in the breast of Cancer", and it was among the first objects that Galileo studied with his telescope. (Wikipedia)

Constellation Cancer
Right ascension 08h 40.4m
Declination 19° 59′
Distance 577 ly (177 pc)
Apparent magnitude (V)3.7
Apparent dimensions (V)95′

DAY: Friday   DATE: 11/3/16   TIME: 21:20
SCOPE: Dob Sky- Watcher 10px  F.L.1200/f4.7
EYEPIECE: 30mm  Plossl T/S 2 inches F.O.V.68°

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