(IAAC) Obj: M 52 - Inst: 8" Discovery DHQ dob
Observation Poster: Tom Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Observer: Tom Campbell
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11:00pm CDT
Location of site: Iola, KS (Lat 37d 55m, Elev 1020')
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 9 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" Discovery DHQ dob
Magnification: 49X, 81X, 122X, 188X, 305X
Object(s): M 52
Category: Open cluster.
Data: mag 6.9 size 12.0'
Position: RA 23:24.2 DEC +61:35
188X is about the most power I can use and still keep it entirely within the field of view. The open cluster has a bright star near one end. The other stars are all at least one magnitude fainter. On the opposite end of the cluster, there's a straight little string of 10-12 stars running parallel to the bright star.
The cluster is generally round in shape, with 40-50 stars visible. 81X offers a nice overview of the cluster, nicely framed in the eyepiece.
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