M 46 & NGC 2438

M 46 & NGC 2438

M 46 is a beautiful and large open star cluster in Puppis at a distance of about 5000 light years.

The planetary nebula NGC 2438 appears to be part of the star cluster but is actually in the foreground and is believed to be at a shorter distance of 2900 light years.

F. O. V.   40 x 40 min of arc.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.   S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.   32 x 300 sec.  Jan. 2022.

Location.   Wiruna Ilford N.S.W.