(IAAC) Obj: M39 - Inst: 8x25 handheld binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 19 June 2001 00:30 Local
Location of site: Myles Standish Forest, S Carver MA US (Lat 42N, Elev 5m)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 6.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8x25 handheld binoculars
Magnification: 8x
Filter(s): None.
Object(s): M39
Category: Open cluster.
Class: III 2 p/III 2 m
Constellation: Cyg
Data: mag 4.6 6.83m*; size 32'
Position: 2132.2 +4827
Taking a break from observation with Steve Clougherty's fine 17.5"
dob, I swept the lovely Milky Way north of the Swan's tail tonight
with John Bishop's fine little 8x25 binoculars. Quite by accident,
I happened on this little fuzzy, and realized it was M39... Rarely
does M39 hold much interest for deep-sky observers as it is sparse
and essentially lost in bright field stars. But tonight, with this
tiny aperture, it stood out quite intriguingly in the field, show-
ing a very nice (if tiny) assortment of resolved pinpoints, amid a
clumpy haze of unresolved stars. Worth a look in small binoculars!

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