Thursday, March 23, 2017

BEEHIVE CLUSTER IN BINOCULARS Taken by project nightflight on March 9, 2016 @ La Palma, Spain

A marvelous binocular object is coming up in the night sky. It is visible to the naked eye under dark sky conditions, where it looks like a faint nebulosity within the constellation Cancer. It is even possible to gaze some of its brightest component stars. Under the dark, protected skies of La Palma we were able to identify some three to five individual stars in the Beehive Cluster with unaided eyes one amazingly crisp night.

The image is one of our binocular simulations and represents the six-degree field of view of a typical 8x30 or 10x50 bino. The imaging techique involves HDR and special filters to produce both the brilliance of the night sky as seen through binoculars and the soft glow of bright objects. This image of M44 war shot on La Palma, the most northwestern island of the Spanish Canaries. Previous images in our bino sim series include the Perseus Double Cluster and the pair of open clusters M46/M47.

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