M50 (NGC 2323)

M50 is a splendid open cluster of about 200 stars, with a visual magnitude of 6.3, easily seen in binoculars but considerably enhanced with a small telescope which can bring out more of the colourful stars.

To find the cluster move northwest of alpha Mon two and a half binocular fields.

A reddish star sits attractively just south of the centre of the cluster's centre while the majority of the cluster members are blue and white -- a very pretty sight.

Now move west two full fields to find beta Mon.

Click on beta Monocerotis on the map to continue.

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