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M46

M46

Vision In Time Observatory - Peoria, AZ

A rich Open star cluster of about 500 stars in Puppis. Located about 5,400 light years away with a diameter of about 30 light years wide. There is a small planetary nebula (NGC 2438) located in the center of this image also. The nebula is that "fuzzy" star in the center of the photo that appears to have dust around it.

This image is ten, forty second images, stacked to make one. The LX200 telescope was used with a focal reducer. A Meade 416 CCD in black and white mode was used to capture the image.

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