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Old 26-01-2022, 10:05 AM
EpickCrom (Joe)
Epick Crom

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Puppis Greatest Hits

Hi fellow Astronomers! Last night I took a relaxing tour of the best open star clusters in Puppis. What a beautiful, rich constellation this is, open clusters abound. Here are my highlights using my 10 inch dobsonian reflector:

CR 135: Wide cluster centred on Ahadi( Pi Puppis). Stars above Ahadi form an arrow shape. Nice double star HD 57194 situated between NV Puppis and V2 Puppis.

NGC 2451: Bright and scattered cluster centred around the orange star c Puppis. Mostly bright blue stars contrast pleasingly with orange c Puppis.

NGC 2477: Dense and rich. Amazing sight at low power, resembles a manta ray! Very rich, resembles a loose globular cluster. A showpiece object!

NGC 2546: Rather large open cluster, rich in the centre. A beautiful asterism within this cluster resembles a human figure! It's located at the bottom of the cluster (Newtonian view).

M 46: Rich and compressed. Beautiful. Planetary nebula NGC 2438 is located on the outskirts of this nice cluster

M 47: Big, bright and bold! Interesting star patterns in this cluster. One feature that blew me away was a chain of stars streaming from M47 to near by open cluster NGC 2423. Wow really beautiful. It's as if there is a star chain linking these two clusters together.

M 93. Another wonderful cluster! Rich and glorious at low powers. Adding to the scene was near by open cluster NGC 2448, which has a Y shape. Just stunning!

We are really lucky here in the southern hemisphere to have this wonderful constellation. It's a joy to visually observe the multitude of open cluster in Puppis as well it's other deep sky objects. Have a go at it next clear skies you get!

Joe
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