Ruud de Vries - Dutch Backyard Astrophotography

Fighting light pollution.....

M44, Praesepe

M44 is one of the closest star clusters to our solar system. Also known as the Praesepe or the Beehive cluster its stars are young though, about 600 million years old compared to our Sun's 4.5 billion years. M44 holds 1,000 stars and covers about 3 full moons (1.5 degrees) on the sky in the constellation Cancer.

Telescope
TS 90/600
Camera
Atik one 6.0
Mount
Skywatcher HEQ5
Flattener
TSFlat2,5
Guiding camera
Starlight Xpress Lodestar
OAG
TS 2" Off Axis Guider
Exposure
30 * 120sec Baader L filter, 15 * 60sec RGB bin2