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Open star cluster M48

Open star cluster M48 is in the constellation Hydra (Hya).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 08h13.7m, Dec -05° 45'

Visual magnitude: 5,5m - this object can be seen with the naked eye on a black sky, in the absence of illumination from street lighting.
Distance from the star clusters M48 to the Sun is 2510 light years
Angular size: 30'
External dimensions the star clusters M48 are about 22 light years.
Number of stars: 165
Age of the object M48 is 300x106 years

Discoverer: Charles Messier, 1771 year.

The designation M48 in other catalogs: NGC 2548

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M48, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/6-D/2. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M48 is February.

Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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