(IAAC) OBJECT: M44 (Beehive cluster) INST: 16" f/4.59 NEWT

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 12/16/97 08:15GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4 (estimated) 4 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  3-4
Moon up (phase?): Yes, 85%
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59   f.l. 1865
Magnifications: 69x (27 Panoptic), 34x (55 Plossl)
Filters used: none
Object: M44
Constellation: Cancer
Object data: Open cluster
Size(s): About 90 arc min.
Position: RA 8:40  DEC  +19:59
Magnitudes: approx. 3.1
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  C+/B-
A wonderful binocular cluster, but at this magnification a 
loose grouping of very bright stars in a Random pattern.