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NGC 2281 - Open Cluster

NGC 2281 is a Open Cluster in the Auriga constellation. NGC 2281 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

NGC 2281
Open Cluster
Auriga
  • NGC 2281 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 24° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 5.4, NGC 2281 is barely visible to the naked eye, easily visible with the help of a small binocular.
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Photometric information of NGC 2281

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 2281 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

6.05
5.4

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of NGC 2281

The following table reports NGC 2281 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 2281 is a visual representation of it.
10.8 arcmin
10.8 arcmin

Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 2281

The image below is a photograph of NGC 2281 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.36x0.36 degrees (21.6x21.6 arcmins).

Image of NGC 2281 - Open Cluster star
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DSS2 image of NGC 2281 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (10.8 arcmin) and minor (10.8 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 2281

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 2281 are provided in the following table:

06h 48m 17s
+41° 04’ 43”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 2281 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart NGC 2281 - Open Cluster star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2281 - Open Cluster.

Finder chart NGC 2281 - Open Cluster star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2281 - Open Cluster.

Rise ans set times of NGC 2281 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

NGC 2281 - Open Cluster is circumpolar and transits at 04:40 UTC (altitude: 79.6°)