(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1647 - Inst: 7x50 handheld binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 1998-02-19/20 3:10 UT
Location of site: Medford, MA, USA (Lat 42oN, Elev 5m)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.6 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 7x50 handheld binoculars
Magnification: 7x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC 1647
Category: Open cluster
Class: II 2 m/r
Constellation: Tau
Data: mag 6.4  size 45'
Position: RA 04:46  DEC +19:04
Item Two on the Astronomical League Binocular Deep Sky list for me
tonight was this much fainter (see previous log for Hyades) cluster
in the very near vicinity. The oc was extremely easy to find from
alpha Tau (Aldebaran), by sweeping NE one binocular field to a wide
(2o) trio of orange stars mags. 5 to 7, in an E-W line. Just ENE of
and osculating the middle mag 6 star, n1647 was visible with averted
vision ONLY as a faint blur, elongated slightly N-S, and unresolved.
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