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(IAAC) Object: NGC2362 (OC) INST: 85mm APO refractor f/7



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 11/27/98 0800GMT
Location & latitude: Grand Cayman Island, BVI
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude: 5.7(measured)zenith 4.5(approx)in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 8 or 9
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear, near maximum transparency
Instrument: 85mm APO  f/7  fl 600mm
Magnifications: 20x,60x,86x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC2362
Constellation: Canis Major
Object data: Open Cluster
Size(s): 8'
Position: 7:18RA, -24:57DEC
Magnitude: 4.1
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition): A-
A fabulous cluster that shows it's stuff above 30x. A ring of stars
surrounding the bright star Tau Canis Major is barely perceptible 
at this aperture at 20x. At 60x and above, a good 25 stars of around 
100-11th magnitude surround Tau in a perfectly circular swarm of bees 
adding breadth and false depth to the cluster. Best viewed with averted 
vision to bring out the weaker members at this aperture, but 85mm was
enough to bring out the richness of this odd masterpiece of star cluster.
I have never heard of this cluster prior and highly recommend it for
small-med. scopes as a showpiece.
thanks! 
-Todd
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
toddg@weatherman.com
http://www.weatherman.com
(617)725-0777
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