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Old 12-02-2018, 10:56 AM
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Open Cluster NGC 2516 Carina

Open Cluster NGC 2516 Carina- viewed Feb 11 with Tak 100D.

This well known cluster is visible to the naked eye, on the western side of the False Cross.

EP:- Panoptic 24mm (30x) . The cluster has 5 bright stars, of which two are orange. I did not notice any other stars of colour in the cluster. I counted 98 other stars that were easily visible in the scope. It was hard to determine where the cluster finished, as the general richness of the area continued, particularly to the north and east of the cluster. I may have been guilty of counting to try and reach a 100.

Remarks: A lovely object to view, and somewhat of a preview to the other magnificent clusters that lie in Carina.

More Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_2516
http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/m/starclusters/488551.aspx
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:15 AM
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Yes, this is a fine cluster positioned as a beacon off the False Cross. I enjoy this cluster both naked eye and through binoculars and telescopes. It is referred to The Running Man Cluster and I think the shape fits the name. Could you make out the likeness?

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Open Cluster NGC 2516 Carina- viewed Feb 11 with Tak 100D.

This well known cluster is visible to the naked eye, on the western side of the False Cross.

EP:- Panoptic 24mm (30x) . The cluster has 5 bright stars, of which two are orange. I did not notice any other stars of colour in the cluster. I counted 98 other stars that were easily visible in the scope. It was hard to determine where the cluster finished, as the general richness of the area continued, particularly to the north and east of the cluster. I may have been guilty of counting to try and reach a 100.

Remarks: A lovely object to view, and somewhat of a preview to the other magnificent clusters that lie in Carina.

More Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_2516
http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/m/starclusters/488551.aspx
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:03 PM
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Yes, this is a fine cluster positioned as a beacon off the False Cross. I enjoy this cluster both naked eye and through binoculars and telescopes. It is referred to The Running Man Cluster and I think the shape fits the name. Could you make out the likeness?
I have not seen the Running Man outline. I might need some help with that. Nevertheless, its good to have a name for the cluster. Over the years, I have shown it often to lay people, and they have immediately asked what it is called. The answer NGC2516 seems to fall flat.
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