(IAAC) Object: NGC869 (h Per) - Instrument: Newt 12.5" f/4.8

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-06-16, 03:30 UT
Location: Bath, ME, USA (44N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.0
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: Reflector 12.5" f/4.8
Magnification: 55x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC869
Category: Open Cluster
Constellation: Per
Data: mag 4.3  size 30'
RA/DE: 02h19m  +57o09m
Description: h and chi Persei are by far my favorite
open clusters, and the only ones which keep me coming
back to them year after year: The two are a stunning
single-field spectacle in a wide-field eyepiece or bi-
nocs, and the star fields which surround and suffuse
them make them really incomparable. h Per is the more
condensed and more Westerly of the two. It includes
several interesting asterisms, including a nice circle
of stars near the very center and another "crown" of
stars further north. A bright star near the center of
the cluster appears orange to most observers, but pale
yellow was the only hint of color I got from it tonight.