NGC 2362
DSS image of NGC 2362
Overlaid DSS image of NGC 2362, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

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Tau Canis Majoris Cluster, Mexican Jumping Star

Type  Open Cluster
Magnitude  4.1
Size  8'
Right Ascension  7h 18' 41.5"  (2000)
Declination  24° 57' 15" S
Constellation  Canis Major
Description  Cl, pL, Ri, (30 CMA)
Classification  I 3 p n
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Mar 2, 2019    Kaʻohe, Mauna Kea, HI (map)
28cm f/10 SCT, NexStar 11" GyPSy @ 127x
Seeing: 6 Transparency: 7 Moon: 0%

A lovely cluster centered on the bright star τCMa, a hundred or so stars in 10' area, Tau itself is a bright blue-white at mag 4.4 with a dim companion at mag 10 just 8" away

Andrew Cooper
Feb 6, 2018    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 127x
Seeing: 7 Transparency: 7 Moon: 0%

A distinctive cluster huddled closely around the bright τCMa, a triangular shaed area 5' on a side filled with 7-10th magnitude stars, bright, resolved, coarse, and lovely

Andrew Cooper
Mar 29, 2016    Waikoloa, HI (map)
28cm f/10 SCT, NexStar 11" GyPSy @ 127x
Seeing: 7 Transparency: 6 Moon: 0%

A beautiful cluster groupd around τCMa, bright, coarse, fully resolved, about 30 stars arranged in an area about 10' in diamter centered on the bright star, Tau itself is blue-white at 4.4 magnitude, there is an 8th magnitude companion 1' east

Andrew Cooper
Nov 17, 2009    Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 95x
Seeing: 7 Transparency: 7 Moon: 0%

Beautiful in a big 'scope and a dark sky, a bold cluster in a heavy starfield, a few dozen bright members clustered around the bright τCMa (mag 4.4), <10' in diameter and triangular in shape

Andrew Cooper
Feb 9, 2007    Waimea, HI (map)
76mm f/6 APO

Splendid cluster set off by and centered on τCMa, a dense triangular cluster, resolved, brighter members embedded in a bright haze, grand region at the base of CMa, h3945 located just north.

Andrew Cooper
Mar 30, 2002    Sycamore House, Tucson, AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT

Excellent cluster centered on the 4th magnitude star Tau CMa, a couple dozen 9th and 10th magnitude stars arranged in a triangular area 5' across, empty zone near Tau except for one close companion, somewhat sparse, bright, a favorite star party object for me
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NGC 2362