(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1502 - Instr: 8" f/6 Newtonian reflector
Observer: Chuck Layton
Your skill: Intermediate
Date and UT of observation: 12/26/97 0300 U.T.
Location & latitude: Tacoma, WA 48N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.3 (zenith)
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst to best): 5
Moon up (phase?): no
Instrument: 8” f/6 Newtonian
Magnification: 49X , 98X
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 1502
Category: Open cluster
Object data: Mag. 5.7 , size 8’
RA/DE: 04h07.7m / +62o20’
Description: This is a striking little cluster to observe. The overall
impression is of a zig zag or triangle with a beautiful “cats eyes” double (SZ
Cam) right in the center. Both components are mag. 7 and both are variable.
Detached with not very many stars. Approximately 15 dimmer stars are arranged
around the double in the triangular shape.