(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 1513 (Open cluster) INST: 16" f/4.59 Newt

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 11/5/97 0800 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.2 (estimated) 5.2 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  8 
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59
Magnifications: 124x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 1513
Object data:  Open Cluster

NGC 1513 is a most interesting mid-sized open cluster
with a myriad of dim stars. For the lack of being able to
describe it better, the cluster looks like two breasts. That 
is, two bags of stars (I believe pointing north) the easternmost
bag is simply a circle of dim stars with a dim star inside as well.
The westernmost bag is more irregular shaped. Both are connected
on the south side. While I did not confirm this, I think it probably
is best in larger aperture because of the lack of bright 

- Todd
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