M37 = NGC2099 ( 5h 52.4m +3233, 5.6 mag. )

This finest open cluster in Auriga was discovered Hodierna in 1654 and Messier observed it on Sept. 2, 1764. It is located some 4,400 ly away, measures 25 ly across and contains over 500 stars. It can be found even with binoculars about 4 SSE of q Aurigae (see the finder chart below).

M37 image represents autoguided 20 min. exposure on Ektachrome P1600 taken on Oct.26, 1998 through Ultima 8 f6.3 from Sooke, BC.

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

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