(IAAC) Obj: M48 - Inst: Celestar 8" SCT, fork mount

Observer: William L. Schart
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 3/31/01 8:38 pm CST
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31 07, Elev 600 ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 3.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: Celestar 8" SCT, fork mount
Magnification: 58x, 80x, 120x, 170x, 203x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M48
Category: Open cluster.
Constellation: Hyd
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
This open cluster is shaped like an arrowhead pointing to the east and
filling up the FOV. The 'barbs' are somewhat extended, but the 'tang' has
the highest concentration of stars. Overall this cluster appears to be
rather loose, but there may be faint stars that are washed out by the moon.
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