(IAAC) Obj: ic2602 - Inst: 10x42 binoculars

Observer: Todd Gross
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 0830 UT 12/29/99
Location of site: Grand Cayman, BWI (Lat 20, Elev 20)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: ~3.8 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Major - gibbous or near object
Instrument: 10x42 binoculars
Magnification: 10
Object(s): ic2602
Category: Open cluster.
Class: large loose oc
Constellation: car
Data: mag 1  size 50+
Position: RA 10:42  DEC -64:23
Southern pleiades... similar to Steve Coe's observation except the
stars seemed brighter to me, than he reported. Huge, open cluster not
as bright as the Pleides. Shaped much like a Santa-Claus hat with
scrutiny, as strings of stars come to a point in the north.  Took up
several degrees of the sky. Continues to frame Eta Carina as Steve Coe
mentioned. This is to the south of eta by 4d. NGC3766 is to the
east-southeast (small, bright, tight), northeast is ngc3532 (large,
bright, dense), and northwest is ngc3293 (or IC2581) small, tight,
Todd Gross
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