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(IAAC) Object: M45 (Pleiades) - Instrument: Naked Eye



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate-to-Advanced
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-09-11, 06:15 UT
Location: Sheepsfold, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: suburban
Limiting magnitude: 6.3
Seeing: 2.5 - medium to good
Moon up: no
Instrument: Naked Eye
Magnification: 0x
Filters used: none
Object: M45
Category: Open cluster
Constellation: Tau
Data: mag 1.2  size 100'
RA/DE: 03h47m  +24o07m
Description: The Seven Sisters actually showed
all seven of themselves this night, in an unusual
display for such a light-polluted spot, due mostly
to a cold air mass passing over head. In addition,
three other nearby stars (association uncertain)
were spotted in the neighborhood: two N of the
"bowl" of the little dipper formed by this cluster
(probably Asterope - unresolved, and Taygeta), and
one S of the "handle" of Atlas and Pleione. (I'm
still not certain of the identity of this one).