M 44 wide field in Cancer
Exposure time total:
Open star cluster (II2m)
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L @ f/3.5 + mechanical stopper
EOS 6D (ISO 1600)
Image acquisition by CEDIC team
(Bernhard Hubl, Christoph Kaltseis, Markus Blauensteiner)
Image processing by Bernhard Hubl
Messier 44 (also known as Praesepe or Beehive Cluster), is an
open star cluster in the constellation Cancer.
With a distance of 600 light-years, it is one of the nearest
open clusters to Earth.
Age and proper motion coincide with those of the Hyades, s
uggesting they may share similar origins.