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The Southern Beehive Cluster ( NGC 2516 ) in the Constellation Carina


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The Southern Beehive Cluster ( NGC 2516 ) in the constellation Carina - by Mike O'Day ( 500px.com/MikeODay ).

Because of its similarity to the “The Beehive Cluster” ( catalogued as M44 by Messier ), NGC 2516, which is only visible from lower latitudes, has become known as the “Southern Beehive Cluster”. 

At a distance of around 1300 light years, NGC 2516 is relatively close to us and resides in the same spiral arm of the Milkyway as we do. Containing around 100 stars, with a number of them in the magnitude 5 to 6 range, NGC 2516 has an apparent magnitude of 3.8 and is visible to the naked eye as a small bright hazy patch at the edge of the Milkyway.

The Southern Beehive Cluster ( NGC 2516 ) in the Constellation Carina - by Mike O'Day ( https://500px.com/mikeoday )





centre of image: RA 7h 58.4m, Dec -60 deg 41.9' (nova.astrometry.net)
Field of view (arc min): 78.9 x 52.6
Scale of image: 2.18 arcsec / pixel
Up direction in image is North
Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian telescope
Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount
Guiding: Orion Shortube 80 guidescope, Starshoot Autoguider, PHD2
guiding RA only
Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector
Hutech IDAS D1 light pollution filter
Nikon D5300 (unmodified)
Long exposure noise reduction on
Stack of 14 x 360sec images @ ISO400

Taken from the Blue Mountains above Sydney Australia over two nights: 29th and 30th March 2016

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