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(IAAC) OBJECT: M45, INST: 4" achromatic refractor f/9.8



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 08/19/97 0820 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.2 (estimated) 4.0(est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  5
Moon up (phase?): Yes, full, towards horizon
Instrument: 4" 102mm acr. refractor (C102), 1000mm fl, f/9.8
Magnifications: 33
Filters used: none
Object: M45, Pleides
Constellation:  
Object data:  Open cluster
Beautiful object! The cluster barely did not fit into the 1.5 degree field.
What made
this glittering, widely spaced cluster so interesting were all the different
brightnesses
of stars inter-mixed, It gave the cluster an illusion of depth, not often
seen in open
clusters. Much more satisfying (to me) than in 10x binoculars, but with any
higher
magnitification, this star field would have lost it's interest.
- Todd
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BOSTON TV METEOROLOGIST TODD GROSS
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