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The open star cluster most observers call the Beehive (M44) lies within the boundaries of the constellation Cancer the Crab.

The Beehive Cluster

The open star cluster most observers call the Beehive (M44) lies within the boundaries of the constellation Cancer the Crab. In fact, from a dark site the cluster is often easier to spot than the faint stars outlining the constellation. M44 lies about 600 light-years away. (4-inch Takahashi FSQ-106EDX refractor, SBIG STT-8300M CCD camera, RGB image with 1 hour of exposures through each filter)

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