Epsilon Monocerotis

ε Monocerotis

Epsilon Monocerotis is the second brightest star of the constellation, at 4.0 visual magnitude. More importantly, it's a convenient way of finding the constellation's very interesting deep sky objects.

With beta at the bottom of your field of view, epsilon Monocerotis is two fields of view due north.

In this same field of view is the renowned deep sky object The Rosette Nebula, as well as its associated star cluster NGC 2244.

Plaskett's Star is also here as well.

Click on these objects on the map to get their details.

A little more than one binocular field will reveal the even larger cluster NGC 2264, with a number of fine binaries in the same field.

Click on this object on the map to continue.

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