(IAAC) OBJECT: STK 2 (OC) INST: 15x70 Binoculars

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 11/16/98 01:30 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.0(est) zenith 
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  Unknown
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 15x70 binoculars
Magnifications: 15x
Filters used: none
Object: Stk 2 (stock?)
Constellation: Near Cassiopia
Object data: Open cluster
Size(s): HUGE - 60 arc minutes
Position: RA2:15 DEC59:25N
Magnitude: 4.4
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  B/B+

An easy find, and very impressive at this magnification. It lies 2 degrees 
or so NNW of the "double cluster" which is a fabulous binocular object, better
than this. In contrast.. this is one large, fairly circular cluster, which 
appears somewhat dense in binoculars, although not through a telescope. The
in fact, is almost the same as the double cluster when both parts of the
are considered, but this is just one whole object.. not broken into parts.
The members are all fairly faint, but bright enough to be resolved. 
I can get this *barely* in the same 4 degree field as the double cluster
making for an interesting 3-some.


Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross

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