(IAAC) Obj: n7129, n7133 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-12-18/19, 09:00 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: n7129, n7133
Category: Open cluster, reflection nebula
Constellation: Cep
Data: mag 10, ?  size 7'x7', 3'x3'
RA/DE: 21h44m +66o10'
Easily found in the "house" of Cepheus, near Ksi Cep.
This complex consists of an open cluster, associated
nebulosity, and an additional patch of nebulosity to
the NE. Visible even to direct vision in the 10x50s
as a hazy, mottle brightening in the lovely star
background of Cepheus' Milky Way. Even with averted
vision, however, this brightening was too small to
reveal any additional detail. Nonetheless a thrill
to see such an unusual complex in mere 50mm binocs,
thanks to the darkness of this sky.
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren