NGC2362 - The Tau Canis Majoris Cluster
Brilliant Open Cluster in Canis Major
Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector
Platform: Homemade GEM w/Byers Starmaster Drive
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800
Exposure: 3 x 5m
Location: Happy Jack, Arizona
Elevation: 6800 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 First Quarter Moon
Outside Temperature: 35F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82
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this one of the most spectacular star clusters in the entire
sky. Located just east of the southern most stars in the constellation,
this isolated object lies in a very rich field of faint stars.
Two points of interest make this cluster so stunning both visually
and photographically. First, is the brilliant 4.4 magnitude star
located in the clusters center creating a huge beacon of light
to guide you to this small object. Next, the highly condensed
nature of NGC2362 and all the matched blue stars seeming to swarm
around the central stellar hub. In large amateur telescopes this
object is amazing visually in a medium magnification Nagler eyepiece.
In my 12.5" the best view was with the 13mm Nagler.
The cluster spans
6 arc minutes in size, small for this 2.5 degree field here.
But combined with its brilliant central star, this cluster tops
out at a whopping 3.8th magnitude! It can be easily seen naked
eye, but not resolved of course. Megastar lists 60 cluster members