Star hopping help to NGC 2244

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Star hopping help to NGC 2244
Posted by SWA Pilot on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 4:52 PM

So far all of my star gazing has been pretty much confined to the wonders found in Orion and Canis Major.  My last goal in Canis Major is NGC 2362.  After that it is time for me to challenge myself.  I want to find something that is away from a major star, so I thought I would try to find NGC 2244 in the Rosette Nebula.  Does anyone have any helpful star hopping hints to find this?  All I can figure is look where a line drawn from Alhenna in Gemini intersects a line drawn from Betelgeuse to Procyon.  Thanks in advance for the help.

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Posted by Antitax on Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:11 PM

   A binocular field is large enough that the star-hopping path does not really matter, scanning the area will get the cluster.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, February 06, 2014 5:58 PM

The open cluster NGC 2244 is visible to the unaided eye from a dark site as a small clump of stars.  The Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237 et al) is visible through binoculars but the sky has to be quite dark for that to transpire.

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