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Messier 50 (NGC 2323)
Patricia Forbes

In the fairly brighter distant recesses of our galaxy far, far away (about 3000 light years) lies a brilliant open cluster called Messier 50. Independently discovered in 1772 by Charles Messier, this open cluster is quite dense with few very bright stars. "Open clusters are physically related groups of stars held together by mutual gravitational attraction. Therefore, they populate a limited region of space, typically much smaller than their distance from us, so that they are all roughly at the same distance." (messier.seds)

“Cluster of small stars, more or less brilliant, above the right loins of the Unicorn, above the star Theta of the ear of Canis Major, & near a star of 7th magnitude.” Charles Messier wrote in his notes on April 5th 1772. In its "heart shaped body" Messier 50 has about few bright yellow stars and loads of bright white/blue colored stars averaging about 200 total bodies.

Using Maxim I tried to balance out my colors for the stars, noticing that the brightest star came out in a dazzling yellow color so I tried to emphasize that as best as possible. The distance to this object is estimated to be 3000 light years; we find a maximum angular size of 16 arcminutes.

References:

"Messier 50." Universe Today. N.p., 22 Jan. 2010. Web. 04 May 2015.

"Messier 50." Messier Object 50. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2015.

"Open Star Clusters." Open Star Clusters. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2015.

Right Ascension (J2000) 07h 02m 42s
Declination (J2000) -08d 23m 26s
Filters used B (Blue), C (Clear), R (Red), V (Green)
Exposure time per filter B: 10sec V: 10sec R: 10sec C: 30sec
Image dimension W:668 H:426
Date/time observed date: 26/02/15 time: 2:19:11

 

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