Re: (IAAC) Obj: NGC 1981 - Inst: 7x50 handheld binoculars

At 06:20 PM 2/24/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Observer: Lew Gramer
> n1981 is maybe the easiest AL Binocular
>Deep-Sky object to find, for anyone with ANY interest in deep-sky.
>For it lies just one degree N of the Great Orion Nebula (M42) and
>actually forms the fourth or "grip" "star" in Orion's sword! This
>night, 1981 revealed no less than 10 stars to direct vision in the
>7x50s, but beneath them essentially NO haze of unresolved fainter
>stars... This was unusual, but no amount of averted vision or hand
>steadying would turn up any hint of haze underneath - although per-
>haps 1-2 more individual stars could be seen intermittently.

Lew, I have often noticed that cluster wandering around M42 telescopically
and thinking about it is all bright stars, with the 20". There aren't any
faint ones to give a haze with binoculars and, oddly for its location, it is
devoid of nebulosity.
Nick Martin, Bonnyton House, By Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, U.K.
Latitude 55 24'55" Longitude 4 26'00".