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(IAAC) Object: M45 (Pleiades) - Instrument: Newt 4.5" f/4.25



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-11-09, 04:00 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 4.8
Seeing: 3+ - medium good
Moon up: no
Instrument: Reflector 4.5" f/4.25
Magnification: 20x, 40x
Filters used: None
Object: M45 (Pleiades)
Category: Open Cluster
Constellation: Tau
Data: mag 1.2  size 100'
RA/DE: 00h42m  +41o16m
Description:
Under these skies with this scope, much of the stunning
beauty of the seven sisters is lost! But at 20x, I could
still count some 74 stars, scattered up to 3 degrees out
from the center of the cluster, using averted vision at
40x. A pretty blue/red double (the red was probably due
to a contrast effect) were seen at 40x, but this pretty
pair blended together at 20x. Still glorious, and a real
improvement over the view in a 60mm finder or binoculars!