Deep Sky Object in Winter
M35 (Open Cluster in Gemini)

Date & Time: Dec 16 2000, 26:15 JST(+0900), 30min. Exp.
Optical: VIXEN 20cm(7.9") VISAC with conversion lens (f=1278mm, F6.4)
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial & Meade Pictor 201XT
Film: Fujicolor Super G Ace 800
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

M35 (NGC2168) / Open Cluster, type e, III 3 r
R.A.06h 08m 54.0s (2000.0)
Dec.+24° 20' 00" (2000.0)
Apparent Size40'
Real Size31 light yrs.
# of Stars200
Distance2570 light yrs.
This picture shows around Castor's feet, an older brother of Gemini. You can see M35 (NGC2168) with medium-sized diameter. This is an open cluster easily enjoyed in small scopes, extremely attractive, with curving series of glittering stars. Several hundred of stars are contained in the cluster, which is about 2600 light-years away.
Another small cluster can be detected at just SW of M35, it's NGC2158. The cluster is characteristic because many reddish stars are included in that, about 15 thousand light years away.


M36, M37, M38

Copyright(c) 2001 by Naoyuki Kurita, All rights reserved.
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