Messier Objects

M37: Open Star Cluster (Auriga) RA: 05h 52.3m / DEC: +32° 33'.2
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M37 is another of the brilliant open star clusters in Auriga. It's integrated magnitude is 5.6 and the cluster covers a 23' area. M37 is located just 3.7 degrees southeast of M36. It features a bright red star at the core. This firebrand is set amidst a wedge of 20 fainter stars that remind me of a formation of Canada geese. The sketch at left captures the view at 36X in my 10-inch Starfinder.

M36 M38


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