(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 1502 (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, plus 236x w. binoviewer 
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 1502
Object data:  Open Cluster
Personal "rating" (at this aperture):  B/B+

This is a fascinating, and exciting open cluster, very close
to the ring planetary NGC 1501. The cluster is mostly very 
bright stars - a couple of dozen perhaps.
It is roughly trapezoidal in shape, or even somewhat
elliptical. However, if you use your imagination.. you can almost
see a pattern that gives the impression of action such as a running
man. There is a distinctly yellow, fairly tight double star near the center
which makes this object more interesting.


- Todd
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