The Christmas Tree (NGC 2264)

Globulars or Open, clusters of stars can be neat viewing.
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Christopher K.
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The Christmas Tree (NGC 2264)

Post by Christopher K. » January 10th, 2015, 5:13 pm

NGC 2264 is an open cluster of about twenty or so stars ranging in magnitude from ~4.5 to ~9.3 and together they resemble...well, you guessed it. The magnitude of the shape itself is probably about 4.

Below are the times during which The Christmas Tree culminates in the Baton Rouge sky at sixty-nine degrees...
21 October = 5:47am
25 October = 5:31am
29 October = 5:15am
Times above are Daylight. Times below are Standard.
2 November = 4:00am
6 November = 3:44am
10 November = 3:28am
14 November = 3:12am
18 November = 2:57am
22 November = 2:41am
26 November = 2:25am
30 November = 2:10am
4 December = 1:54am
8 December = 1:38am
12 December = 1:22am
16 December = 1:07am
20 December = 12:51am
24 December = 12:35am
28 December = 12:19am
1 January = 12:04am
5 January = 11:44pm
9 January = 11:28pm
13 January = 11:13pm
17 January = 10:57pm
21 January = 10:41pm
25 January = 10:25pm
29 January = 10:10pm
2 February = 9:54pm
6 February = 9:38pm
10 February = 9:23pm
14 February = 9:07pm
18 February = 8:51pm
22 February = 8:35pm
26 February = 8:20pm
2 March = 8:04pm
6 March = 7:48pm
Times above are Standard. Time below is Daylight.
10 March = 8:32pm

Monday's APOD of the Christmas Tree also includes the Fox Fur Nebula...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150105.html

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Re: The Christmas Tree (NGC 2264)

Post by Christopher K. » December 4th, 2015, 4:19 pm

HRPO personnel will attempt to catch the Christmas Tree Cluster in a telescope for this year's Preview Party on the 18th. The nebula will probably not be easily visible, but the cluster fits easily inside a one-degree field-of-view. I think HRPO patrons will be pleasantly surprised! Those who don't want to wait, or can't make the Party, can see the Christmas Tree between 9:30pm and 10pm on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th.

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Re: The Christmas Tree (NGC 2264)

Post by Christopher K. » November 13th, 2019, 4:27 pm

HRPO personnel will attempt the Christmas Tree again this upcoming season...
Saturday 30 November from 9:30pm to 10pm
Friday 6 December from 9pm to 10pm
Saturday 7 December from 9pm to 10pm
Monday 9 December from 9pm to 10pm
Friday 13 December from 9pm to 11pm
Saturday 14 December from 8:30pm to 10pm
Friday 20 December from 8:30pm to 10pm
Saturday 21 December from 8pm to 10pm

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Re: The Christmas Tree (NGC 2264)

Post by Christopher K. » November 21st, 2019, 3:34 pm

Keep in mind, late Christmas Eve (actually early Christmas morning), the Christmas Tree culminates in the Baton Rouge sky at 12:36am. At that time it will be due south and almost directly above Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. If you can, share that view with your family and friends.

More information...
https://www.daviddarling.info/encyclope ... uster.html

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Re: The Christmas Tree (NGC 2264)

Post by Christopher K. » December 2nd, 2019, 5:28 pm

Good luck, also, to those attempting a view with personal scopes. This week we're seeing some clear weather. The Christmas Tree should be available easily by 10pm.

More information:
http://www.phys.ttu.edu/~ozprof/2264c.htm
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/o-christmas-tree-cluster
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/2 ... f-NGC-2264

Please note, no amateur telescope view will rival that of Spitzer's!

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