(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2301 - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 3/14/2001  20.35 UT UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8"  f/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Object(s): NGC 2301
Category: Open cluster.
Constellation: Mon
Data: mag 6.0  size 12'.0
Position: RA 06:51  DEC +00:28
Very interesting cluster of stars in Monoceros.
At 49X, there is a string of four bright stars about 15' long at the end of
which is a faint and tight cluster with one brighter star in the middle. There
are outliers spreading towards the east.
At 98X and 203X this cluster becomes a sparkling field of stars at the end of
the string of four and the bright star in the middle is shown to have a
companion closeby. There are about 30 or so stars in the group and outliers
to the east reach up to a brightish star where the trail of stars 'turns' to
the south.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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