Messier 36


This cluster is one of three bright open clusters in the constellation of Auriga. It was catalogued by Charles Messier in 1764, but was previously discovered by an Italian astronomer over a century before.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M36 & NGC 1960
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Auriga
Camera: Apogee U16M with Astrodon Gen II Filters Distance: Approx 4500 light years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Open Cluster
Exposure: 3:30 Hours RGB Position: R.A. 05 hr 36 min , Dec +34008'
Processed using PixInsight Date: September 2014
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/MaximDL/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village