Open star cluster M35

The star cluster cluster Messier 35 (NGC 2168) in Gemini, from a photograph made with the 61-cm Baker-Schmidt telescope at Dyer Observatory. The field of view is about 0.7 degrees east-west.

M35 is a beautiful object for binoculars or even a small telescope, often visible as a hazy spot to the unaided eye at the feet of Gemini. There is a much more distant and richer cluster only about 0.3 degrees to the southwest, NGC 2158, which requires a more substantial telescope to see properly. Somehow I managed to miss it in this picture (it's just outside the field of view).

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