(IAAC) Obj: M35 - Inst: Newt 4.2" f/4.25

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-12-03, 03:50 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: M35
Category: Open Cluster
Constellation: Gem
Data: mag 5.1  size 28' (catalog) 50' (apparent)
RA/DE: 6h08m  +24o20m
This beautiful gem in the outer "shoe" of Castor the
Twin was only barely distinguishable from the central
Milky Way field it lies in at 20x. However, at 40x in
a Nagler, MYRIAD faint stars popped out to please the
eye. At 65x, more than 70 stars filled the 50' field,
including a pretty arc of stars mag 7-10 ~ 20' long,
20' NW of and arcing away from the field center. A
beautiful sight in this scope, and even an intriguing
little object in binoculars from suburban sites!
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren