The star cluster cluster Messier 35, from a photograph made by Bill Keel with the 61-cm Baker-Schmidt telescope at Dyer Observatory (Nashville, Tennessee). 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. Somehow Bill managed to miss the fainter and more compact neighbor of M35, NGC 2158, which is only about 0.3 degrees to the southwest and seen in most images of M35.
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