(IAAC) Obj: M 52 - Inst: 7x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-07-25/26, 04:45 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.8 (zenith), intermittent haze
Seeing: 5 (out of 10 highest) - mediocre
Moon up: yes, 50% (not visible at site)
Instrument: 50mm Simmons binoculars
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M52
Category: Open cluster
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag 6.9  size 13'
RA/DE: 23h24m  +61o35m
Directly in a line with orangeish alpha and white beta Cas,
and just 1 binocular field (4o) W of beta. M52 in binoculars
was a strikingly bright little object to direct vision, at
the S base of an "arrow-head" or compressed pyramid of mag
5 to 7 stars, whose N "arrow-point" was 4 Cas. The irregular
shape of the cluster was apparent, though several stars mags
8 and 9 were involved to SE, NW, ad amid M52 itself, making
observation of the shape of the haze somewhat difficult.