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(IAAC) Object: M38 Inst: 16" Newtonian f/4.59



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 09/25/97 0810 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.8 (estimated) 4.5 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  3
Moon up (phase?): Yes, 40%
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings
Magnifications: 62x
Filters used: none
Object: M38
Constellation: Auriga  
Object data:  Open cluster

Like M37, this star cluster, M38, is star-like in apperance, and approximately
1 degree large. There is also another very odd similarity, a reddish
star smack dab in the middle of the cluster, but unlike M37, it is slight
dimmer than the others. This cluster, however, was far less dense 
than M37.

Note.. there was a thin cloud cover at the time of observation

- Todd
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