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This is M36, an open cluster of relatively young stars in the constellation, Auriga. M36 is about 4,100 light years distant and about 14 light years across. Because the stars of M36 are so young, about 30 million years old, there are no red giants present yet.
Location: Cheddar Ranch Observatory
Telescope: LX200 10" SCT @ f/6.3
Camera: Canon 350D, Modified, Type 1
Exposure Count: 21 x 3 minutes, 63 minutes total exposure
Guiding: Orion 80ED, ST402, CCDOPS
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