(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1647 - Inst: 8" SCT, 50mm finder

Observer:  Adam Albino
Your skill:  Intermediate
Date and UT: LMT: 97/12/20 08:45pm (UTC: 1997/12/21 00:45)
Location & latitude: Norwell, MA - 25 miles South of Boston, MA
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude: 6
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 6-7
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: Celestron Ultima 8" PEC SCT /  50mm Finder
Magnifications: 39X, 69X, 125X
Filters used: none & Lumicon UHC
Object: NGC1647
Type: Open Cluster  Mag. - 6.5
Constellation: Taurus
RA/DE:  4:46.0 / +19.04o
A very nice loose open cluster a little over 3o NW from Aldebaran. Very
pronounced haze in my 50mm finder and is (as I recall) a nice view in
10X50 Binoculars. I counted around 50 stars in the 8", but I bet a large
Dob-Newt would show more.  Two bright stars are at the center (approx mag
7-8?). This seems to really bring your eye to the center, framing the
whole cluster. I'm amazed that this was not a messier object as it is
very pronounced and much more "cluster like" than many of those.