NGC 2301 (Lund 263, Cr 119) Open Cluster in Monoceros

Located at: RA 06 hours 51 minutes 46 seconds, Dec +00 degrees 27 minutes 36 seconds

Size: 12' (15') Magnitude: 6.0 Class: I 3 r

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -25c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Deep Sky filter, 240 minutes (24 x 10 minute subs), 03/17/18/2008; seeing 2.9-3.9 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 1.3.2, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: According to "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, the size of this open cluster is 15 arc minutes.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 2301

NGC 2301 = Cr 119 = Mel 54 = OCL-540
06 51 45 +00 27.6
V = 6.0;  Size 12

17.5": ~60-70 stars in cluster.  A bright colored double star (blue/yellow ) is 
near the center.  Many of the stars are arranged in two strings oriented SW-NE 
which pass through the center.

13": striking, ~60 stars in cluster, dozens more near, very elongated string 
thru center.

- by Steve Gottlieb