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albert poncedeleon

Location of Photo:

carbondale, IL

Date/Time of photo:

january 11, 2022; 9:15 pm


61 mm triplet sharpstar; ioptron ZEQ25GT; zwo294mc camera


This is another nice visual cluster in Cancer. Sits at the bottom at the constellation. It is also called King Cobra cluster. Its estimated age ranges between 3.2 and 5 billion years (quite a range). It is about 2,900 LY from earth. Its apparent magnitude is 6.1 it shines brightly through a 130mm newtonian reflector, and very clear in even smaller telescopes, like 80mm and 70mm refractors. Info source mainly Wikipedi.