Basic object information
Object name: NGC 2362
Object type: Open cluster
Magnitude: 3.8
Size: 6.0'
Number of stars: 60
Magnitude of brightest star: 4.4
Object classification: I 3 p n
Description: Cl,pL,Ri,(30 CMA)
Notes: H VII 17;40 * to 13 mag surround Tau Cma;sev pairs

Catalog information
RA (J2000.0): 07h 18m 42.0s
Dec (J2000.0): -24 57' 00"

Constellation: Canis Major

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: NOT (2390 m), La Palma, Spain
Date/Time: 29/30.3.2008 22:00

Telescope: Newton 110/805 mm

Magn: 161x

Filter:

Field: 25'

NE Lim.mag: 7.4

Background sky: 1

Seeing: 2

Height: 29
Visuality: I
Weather: +4C, huminidy 27%, wind 16 m/s (NE), seeing 0.8"

One of the most beautiful open clusters. Several 10-12 mag stars have spread out around 4.7 mag tau CMa. At low power it's very tight and compact group whereas 161x shows stars separately.