NGC 2286 -- Open Cluster in Monoceros
At first, I had difficulty identifying Open Cluster NGC 2286 from the surrounding star-rich
background of the Milky Way. I had to slowly moved the telescope back and forth through
the area a couple of times before the cluster’s starfish-like shape slowly become apparent.
Only after I had spent a few minutes with it, did its subtle charms become evident.
NGC 2286 cannot match some of the brighter more conspicuous Open Clusters in the
Unicorn, nevertheless, I found it charming. As in life, some of the best things are often
not the brightest or the most conspicuous.