|NGC 2489: Open Star Cluster (Puppis) RA: 07h 56.3m / DEC: -30° 03'.9|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 2489 is a fine sprinkling of stars with a bright orange star nearby to the south. You'll meet this cluster in the heart of downtown Puppis. My drawing presents a 129X view in the 10-inch Starfinder equatorial. The bright star 12' due south of center in my sketch is 6.4 magnitude HD 65183. This is a an M5 or M6 star and displays a fabulous orange hue in the Starfinder. NGC 2489 is positioned just north of center. It's 8' diameter area includes about ten stars in my drawing. The brightest of these is a dim 12th magnitude ember. The >-shaped asterism features nine stars, most shining between 11th and 12th magnitude. Another 33 field stars complete the view. NGC 2489 can be found 6 degrees south-southwest of 2.8 magnitude Rho (15) Puppis. 4.8 magnitude HD 65456 is just beyond the field of view to the southeast.
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