M44 the Beehive Cluster Within the Stargate

I think this is probably my favourite image taken with the 200mm lenses and Trius M26C OSC CCDs so far. This is a 2-frame mosaic of M44 (the Beehive cluster in the centre) “Stargated” by the 4 central stars of Cancer the Crab. Each frame is 3-hours of 10-minute subs. And to top it all, over to the left are two Carbon stars, one in the middle, and one towards the bottom left hand corner.

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