M36 = NGC1960 ( 5h 36.1m +3408, 6.0 mag. )


This open cluster in Auriga was discovered by Hodierna before 1654 and LeGentil noticed it in 1749. Messier observed it on Sept. 2, 1764. 4,100 ly away, it is 14 ly across and contains approx. 60 stars. Binoculars will show this cluster about 4 SE of q Aurigae (see finder chart below). Open cluster M38 is visible nearby.

M36 image represents autoguided 20 min. exposure on Ektachrome P1600 taken on Oct.26, 1998 through Ultima 8 f6.3 from Sooke, BC.

North is to the left.


Map created in Guide 7.0 - 9 x 1030'. North is up.


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