Deep Sky Object in Winter
NGC2353 (Open Cluster in Monoceros)
|Date & Time: ||Feb 24 2001 22:59 JST(+0900), 35min. Exp.
|Optical: ||TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon (f=530mm, F3.3)
|with IDAS LPS-P1 Light-pollution cut filter|
|Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial & Meade Pictor 201XT
|Camera: ||VIXEN VX-1
|Film: ||Konica NEW Centuria 800
|Location: ||Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.
At around the southern edge of the constellation of Monoceros, NGC2353 is an small open cluster positioned nearby the boundary on Canis Major.
The cluster has a visual brightness of 7th magnitude and an apparent diameter of about 20 arc minutes.
A famous reddish diffused nebula of "Seagull Nebula (IC2177)" is lying in only 2 degrees west of the tiny cluster.
Actually the open cluster is bathed in the extraordinary dimmed gaseous matter that surrounds the Seagull Nebula,
but you cannot detect its nebula because of bad condition when this picture was taken.
It might be needed small telescopes to appreciate the cluster, rather than binoculars.
|NGC2353 / Open Cluster, type III 3 p|
|R.A.||07h 14m 35.9s (2000.0)|
|Dec.||-10° 18' 00" (2000.0)|
|# of Stars||30|