M44, Beehive Cluster

1 March, 2023
mono broadband cluster

Acquisition Details

M44 Red Green Blue
Frames 24 30 15
Exp. Time 30s 30s 30s

Final Masters



This is the Beehive Cluster, also known as M44, is an open star cluster which is a cluster build of a minimum amount of stars. Its distance to earth is about 610 light years. Just a quick test after rebuilding my HEQ5 Pro mount and finally fixing auto guiding!

Astrometry Calibration

Astrometry Job 7265895
Center (Dec, dms) +19° 36’ 00.176”
Center (RA, Dec) (130.086, 19.600)
Center (RA, hms) 08h 40m 20.525s
Pixel Scale 3.13 arcsec/pixel
Radius 1.257 deg
Size 1.78 x 1.78 deg

Data Processing

Processing was done in PixInsight only. Steps of the process are listed below:

  1. Weighted Batch PreProcessing,
  2. DynamicBackgroundExtraction,
  3. ChannelCombination,
  4. ColorCalibration,
  5. BackgroundNeutralization,
  6. HistogramTransformation,
  7. NoiseXTerminator,
  8. CurvesTransformation,
  9. ImageSolver,
  10. AnnotateImage