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M44

Vision In Time Observatory - Peoria, AZ

The open cluster in this image is close to us. Some call it the Beehive Open Cluster. Galileo resolved this cluster with his first telescope and wrote about it having 30 stars. Today, we are able to resolve more than 600 individual stars. This image is a close up of the central region of the Beehive Cluster. I was focusing on the central star formation of the object and not trying to capture a wide field view. The image was taken with a LX200 telescope, 30mm lens and a Meade 416 CCD. There are twelve, twenty second images, stacked together to make this one photo.

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