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Re: (IAAC) Obj: NGC 457 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)



I have also seen this referred to as the Kachina Doll Cluster. This must 
have been by a Southwesterner.


On Sunday, October 28, 2001, at 05:27 PM, Apache User wrote:

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> Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>
>
> Observer: Ron B[ee]
> Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
> Date/time of observation: 10/13/01
> Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
> Site classification: Exurban
> Sky darkness: 5 <Limiting magnitude>
> Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
> Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
> Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
> Magnification: 22x, 30x, 60x
> Filter(s): none
> Object(s): NGC 457
> Category: Open cluster.
> Class:
> Constellation: Cas
> Data: mag 6.4  size
> Position: RA :  DEC :
> Description:
> At 22x, it gave me the impression of a drawing of a person my kids used 
> to draw
> when they were younger with body, hands and legs made out of lines only.
> Although the shape of the head is not seen, the eyes are the most 
> striking
> feature, which gives the impression of being cross-eye: the 5th 
> magnitude 34
> Phi Cassiopeiae being a much brighter eye than the 7th magnitude SAO
> 22187 eye.  Its arms are stretched out to the side at a 45 degree 
> angle above
> its shoulder.  Still very prominent feature at 30x.  Lost its effect at 
> 60x.
> After the session, I later checked its description and saw its name.  
> However,
> I cant say that I saw any Owl!  Favorite!
>
> Later, I found out that this cluster is also called the "ET Cluster".  
> Well,
> it's closer but I can't say I saw ET either!
>
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