(IAAC) Obj: M434 - Inst: Orion 6" Dob
Observer: William L. Schart
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 9/21/98 1:00 am CDT
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31 N, Elev 600 ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Orion 6" Dob
Category: Open cluster.
Data: mag size
Position: RA : DEC :
Fills about 3/4 degree field. I counted 28 brighter stars and many faint ones.
Several of the stars are in distinct pairs, including O sigma 44 near the center.
Literature refers to this as a naked-eye object in good skies, but no chance of
this around here. But readily visible in binocs as well as the scope.
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