(IAAC) Obj: M52 - Inst: Newt 4.2" f/4.25

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-12-03, 03:30 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.2
Seeing: 2 - good
Moon up: no
Instrument: Newt Reflector 4.2" f/4.25 (AstroScan)
Magnification: 20x, 40x, 65x
Filters used: None
Object: M52
Category: Open Cluster
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag 6.9  size 13' (catalog) 10' (observed)
RA/DE: 23h24m  +61o35m
Readily found near the pale orange star 4 Cas.
In these conditions, this normally quite beautiful
cluster was only an undistinguished group of 8 or
so stars, very compact, and ranging in magnitude
from 8 to 11. The cluster did not stand out well
from the background stars of the Cassiopeia Milky
Way at either 20x or 65x, although there was a
pretty "miniature head of Draco" asterism near
the field center. But all in all, disappointing.
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren