|NGC 2324: Open Star Cluster (Monoceros) RA: 07h 04.1m / DEC: +01° 02'.7|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
The winter unicorn, Monoceros, is host to a number of fine open star clusters. One of them is pictured at left. NGC 2324 is offset slightly to the southwest in this rendering of a 129X view in my 10-inch Meade Newtonian. The cluster covers a 7' diameter area and shines with the combined light of a single 8.4 magnitude star. My drawing presents some 25 members, the brightest being a 13th magnitude ember near the southwest edge of the cluster. A house-shaped asterism of five 10th through 12th magnitude stars stands at the northeast edge. The 10.0 magnitude star at the apex of the roof is HD 53206. About 60 field stars frame the view. You find NGC 2324 about 2.5 degrees northwest of 4.2 magnitude Delta (22) Monocerotis.
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