Messier 50 (M50, NGC 2323) is a magnitude 5.9 open cluster in Monoceros. This open
cluster lies in our own Milky Way about 3200 light years away. This is a "young" open star
cluster and is only about 78 million years old. Most of the stars you see here are more
massive than the sun and burning at very hot temperatures, which makes them blue-white
in color. The apparent size of this cluster is 16 arc minutes.
Date: Mar 2014
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion 12.5 inch f/9 2532mm focal length
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: SBIG STL 11000
Guiding: self guided
Exposure: RGB - R:13x3 min, G:14x3 min, B:14x3 min for a total of 2 hrs
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New Ringgold PA