M47, Star Clusters in Puppis
degree field shows one of the finest sights in the winter Milky
Way, the paired star clusters M46 and M47. These objects may
appear close together, but they are far from being twins. M46,
on the left, is a fine cloud of numerous faint stars, while M47
is more sparse and coarse, with a few conspicuously brighter
stars. M46 contains a further attraction, the small planetary
nebula NGC 2438, seen here as a tiny aqua-colored dot.
was made with my 92mm refractor from Scout Key in Florida, home
of the Winter Star Party.