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(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
Description:
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!
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