discovered by Charles Messier in 1772 although it may have acutally
been discovered earlier (in 1711) by G. D. Cassini. It lies about
3000 light years away in the constellation of Monoceros.
||Modified Canon 550D;
|| Orion Sirius EQM
Lumicon 50mm finder scope; PHD guiding software
||10 @ 3 minutes
aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The composite was adjusted (Levels,
Curves) in Photoshop. Taken from my backyard observatory on 3/17/12.
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