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Star Clusters:

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M79 global star cluster 5 minutes at F3.3 RGB image.

Located in Constellation Lepus (the Hare), This average global cluster of stars is about 41,000 light years away, probably contains up to 100,000 stars, and is over 100 light years across. and is several billion years old.  Visual magnitude is about 7.8, and it has an apparent size of 8.7 arc minutes.  Note the diffraction ring that was left in the picture (upper left corner) caused by a bright star off the picture's edge in that direction.

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M46 open star cluster 5 minutes at F3.3 RGB image.

Located in Constellation Puppis (the Ship's Stern), This rich open cluster of 100 stars is about 3,300 light years away, 40 light years across, and 300 million years old.  Visual magnitude is about 6.1, and has an apparent size of 27 arc minutes.

Towards the bottom of the picture is   the planetary nebula, NGC 2438, 5,000 light years away.  It's visual magnitude is 11.0, and has an apparent size of 65 arc seconds.

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