(IAAC) Object: M36 Inst: 16" f/4.59 Newtonian

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: M36
Constellation: Auriga  
Object data:  Open cluster

M36 was noticeably smaller than both M37, and M38. Maybe 2/3rds
the size. However, it's individual stars were brighter. 
Oddly, this cluster too seemed to take on a star-like appearance
at this aperture, just like M37 and M38. However there was no reddish central
star in this one! Very pretty. Note, there was a very thin cloud deck at the
time of observation of this and M38.

- Todd
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