(IAAC) Obj: M38 (NGC 1912) - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian


Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 2/2/2000 20.55 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <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
Object(s): M38 (NGC 1912)
Category: Open cluster.
Constellation: Aur
Data: mag 6.4  size 21'.0
Position: RA 05:28  DEC +35:50
Large and rich cluster best seen at 49X. Not as many bright stars as M36 but
richer in fainter stars. There is a conspicuous Y shaped asterism in the
central part of M38.

98X showed more stars but the grandness of the cluster is lost with high powers.
Striking contrast with nearby NGC 1907, reminiscent of the M35-NGC 2158 pair.

60-70 stars seen at 98X.

There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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