NGC 2301 is an open cluster in the constellation Monoceros, discovered by William Herschel in 1786.
It has magnitude 6.0, diameter 12' and an estimate distance 2400 light years.
The brightest star of the cluster is an orange star, but it is possible that it is a foreground star; the cluster contains also blue giants.
It is a nice cluster but it is rarely imaged.
Seeing was not optimal during the shoots so stars are a little bigger than they should be, but considering the type of object I think it is acceptable.
Optic GSO RC12 Truss - Aperture 304mm, focal lenght 2432mm, f/8
Mount 10Micron GM2000 HPSII
Camera ZWO ASI 2600 MM Pro with filter wheel 7 positions
Filters Astrodon Gen2 E-Serie Tru-Balance 50mm unmounted RGB
Guiding system ZWO OAG-L with guide camera ASI 174MM
Exposure details R 11x300" bin3 -20C
G 11x300" bin3 -20C
B 11x300" bin3 -20C
Total integration 2h45'
Acquisition Voyager, PHD2
Processing Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5
Location Promiod (Aosta Valley, Italy), own remote observatory
Date 22 January 2022