Southern Beehive Cluster NGC 2516

Southern Beehive Cluster NGC 2516
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Southern Beehive Cluster NGC 2516

The Southern Beehive (aka The Sprinter, NGC 2516, Caldwell 96) is an open star cluster in the southern sky in the constellation Carina.

This bright cluster itself is easily visible with the naked eye as a hazy patch, but is resolvable into stars using binoculars. It contains two 5th magnitude red giant stars and three main visual double stars: HJ 4027, HJ 4031 and I 29.

The cluster is surrounded by the 500-parsec diameter halo consisting of stars ejected from cluster.
SPECIFICATIONS
Telescope ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Telescope
Chi-2 ASA 500N
Camera ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Camera
FLI PL 16803
Location ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Location
El Sauce Observatory, Rio Hurtado, Chile
Date of observation ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Date of observation
25th December 2021
Filters ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Filters
Astrodon LRGB
Processing ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Processing
PixInsight, Topaz, Photoshop
Credits ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Credits
Data: Telescope Live, Processing: Jonathan Lodge