Messier Objects

M50: Open Star Cluster (Monoceros) RA: 07h 02.8m / DEC: -08° 23'.0
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M50 is another open cluster secreted away among the stars of Monoceros. I locate it by slewing 7.2 degrees north from Gamma (23) Canis Majoris, a 4.1 magnitude star in the vicinity of brilliant Sirius. The view in my 10-inch Newtonian presents 40 stars across a 15' field. These range from 9th to 13th magnitude. It's not as impressive as the other Messier clusters in Monoceros but definitely worth a look.

M49 M51-Whirlpool Galaxy


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