NGC 2301

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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.

Technical data
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
SQM-L       20.6    
Location       Promiod (Aosta Valley, Italy), own remote observatory
Date           22 January 2022


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