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(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'
Description:
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.
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Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren
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