Constellation tour in Spring
Cancer (The Crab)

Date & Time: Dec 22 2000, 28:53 JST(+0900), 16min.Exp.
Optical: SMC TAKUMAR f=105mm F2.4, Aperture: F4.0, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
The Cancer is a compact constellation squeezed between Leo and Gemini, members of zodiac. The constellation is in the shape of a monster of crab crushed by Hercules.
The constellation of Cancer has a famous and splendid open cluster of Praesepe (M44) at the shell of the crab.
Please refer the page of M44 to read detailed explanation about the cluster.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

The Praesepe M44 .....Huge open cluster at the center of Crab's shell
M67 .....Open cluster 2 degrees west of alpha CnC, 2700 ly. away
NGC2775 .....Small galaxy at the border to Hydra
Sh2-290 .....A vast & indistinct planetary nebula 3 deg. south of alpha Cnc, 152 ly away



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