(IAAC) Obj: M103 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

[Not all interesting observations are from big scopes! ;>]
Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-12-18/19, 08:45 UT
Location: Whidbey Island, WA, USA (48N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.1
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 10x50 Tasco binoculars
Magnification: 10x
Filters used: None
Object: M103
Category: Open cluster
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag 7.4  size 6'
RA/DE: 1h33m +60o42'
The lovely little Fan Cluster was easily found among the
bright "M" stars of the Queen, as a faint haze, elongated
slightly SE-NW, with some 6 stars well resolved and 3-4
others sparkling in and out of the background. These stars,
together with the interesting shape of the background blur,
formed the famous "fan" shape when seen with averted vision.
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren