Messier 50 (M 50)

Introduction | Map | Own Observations | My Own Photos | References

On this page I collect my observations of the open star cluster M 50 in the constellation Monoceros / Unicorn.

 

Introduction

The constellation Monoceros / Unicorn is also one of the constellation that were unknown to me. It contains the open star cluster M 50, according to Stoyan, a brilliant bright cluster, which I can confirm. Stoyan even writes of a "jewel of the winter sky," which is wrongly often ignored.

Size: 20' (Stoyan)
Distance: 3,000 light years
Rating: ***

 

Map

M 50 in the constellation Monoceros / Unicorn

 

Own Observations

Observations End of March 2017

Observations March/April 2018

 

My Own Photos

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (March 14, 2018)

         

M 50 (Monoceros)*, unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

         

M 50 (Monoceros)**, from replay, unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

Photos taken with Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018), originals reduced to 600 x 450 pixels.
*) The photo does not show M 50, it is probably less than 0.5 degrees off (too far to the east and too high) according to All sky plate solver (RA J2000: 07:03:57, Dec: -08:11:57 for the center of the photo, 07:02:48/-8:20:16 for M 50)
**) The photo does not show M 50, it is probably less than 0.5 degrees off (too far to the east and too high) according to All sky plate solver (RA J2000: 07:03:59, Dec: -08:11:40 for the center of the photo, 07:02:48/-8:20:16 for M 50)

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018)

         

M 50 (Monoceros), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

Photos taken with Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018), originals reduced to 600 x 450 pixels; confirmed using Karkoschka, www.astroimages.de/de/gallery/M50.html, and All sky plate solver.

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (April 8, 2018)

         

M 50 (Monoceros)*, unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

Photos taken with Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018), originals reduced to 600 x 450 pixels.
*) The photo does not show M 50 according to Nova Astrometry.net (RA J2000: 07:08:42, Dec: -08:49:10 for the center of the photo, 07:02:48/-8:20:16 for M 50)

References

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