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Collinder 269

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
Other DesignationsCollinder 269
Right Ascension13h 23m 58s
Declination-66° 12' 14"
Distancec.5,100 light years
c.1,600 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.20
Absolute: -1.78
DiameterApparent: 15'
Actual: 19 light years
Number of Starsc. 90
Optimum VisibilityApril / May (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesWhen Per Collinder published his catalogue of open clusters in 1931, he included several groupings of stars over which there is now some question about whether they are properly classified as such. Collinder 269 is among these doubtful objects; it may represent a true open cluster, or it may simply be a collection of unrelated stars.

Collinder 269 is a loose association of stars seen against the densely-starred background of the Milky Way as it passes through northern Musca. The member stars of this grouping are difficult to distinguish against its busy background, and it has been suggested that it may not in fact represent a distinct star cluster. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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