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



[Sorry - got sloppy with RA and Dec on last post! -Lew]
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: 03h47m  +24o07m
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,
and saw still more scattered out to 3 degrees from the center of the
cluster, using averted vision at 40x. A pretty blue/red double (the
red color is probably due to a contrast effect) were seen at 40x, but
this pretty pair blended together at 20x. Still glorious, and still a
very great improvement over the view in a 60mm finder or binoculars!