| M44 - The Praeseppe
| Latin for "Manger", the Praseppe is a large loose open cluster also known as the Beehive. Under reasonably dark sky conditions, it appears as
a pale grey fuzz to the naked eye. According to Burnham, legend indicates it was used in ancient times as a weather indicator.
- RA: 8:40
- Dec: 19:59
- Size: 95'
- Magnitude: 3.1
- Distance: 577 ly
- Constellation: Cancer
- Millennium Star Atlas: Vol. II, p. 712
- Scope: Olympus 135 mm lens at f/4
- Autoguider: Piggybacked on 8" SCT
- Sky conditions: Good seeing, fair transparency
- Film: Fuji Super G 800+
- Exposure: 10 minutes
- Date: 3-18-99
I'm pretty pleased at the performance of this lens, which was surprisingly
sharp stopped down one notch from wide-open. The above image is a fairly small cutout of the overall shot.
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