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On this page I collect my observations of the open star cluster NGC 2244, called Christmas Tree Cluster, in the constellation Monoceros/Unicorn.
The open star cluster NGC 2264 in the constellation Monoceros / Unicorn, is called Christmas Tree Cluster because it resembles a Christmas tree, depending on the observation instrument standing upright or upside down. The star cluster should be recognizable even with the naked eye. It also includes the Cone Nebula, a dark cloud.
Size: 20' (Stoyan)
Distance: 2,500 light years (Stoyan)
Ranking: *** (Stoyan)
NGC 2264, the Christmas Tree cluster; below it, the galactic emission nebula 2237-39/46 (Rosette Nebula) and cluster NGC 2244 inside the nebula
I visited the Christmas Tree cluster NGC 2264 on March 2 with the Heritage P130 on the GoTo mount. It was not very impressive and I did not have the impression of a Christmas tree. Perhaps the narrow crescent moon already played a role in this...