(IAAC) Obj: M 35 (NGC 2168) and NGC 2158 - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian


Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 1/10/1999  22.45 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M 35 (NGC 2168) and NGC 2158
Category: Open cluster.
Constellation: Gem
Data: mag 5.1  size 28'.0
Position: RA 06:09  DEC +24:20
M35 is a large and bright cluster best viewed at low powers and not too
impressive at higher powers. The cluster seemed somewhat donut shaped,
with few stars in the center.

The north and east sides of M35 contain more stars and there is a fairly
bright star near the eastern edge.

Just 30' southwest of M35 is the very small and compact cluster NGC 2158.
At 49X an unresolved patch of light.

At 98X and 203X this cluster looks rather like a distant globular with a
background of unresolved stars and about a half dozen stars popping in 
and out of view.

Very good contrast between these two clusters.
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