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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 457 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)



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Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 10/13/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 22x, 30x, 60x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 457
Category: Open cluster.
Class: 
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag 6.4  size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
At 22x, it gave me the impression of a drawing of a person my kids used to draw 
when they were younger with body, hands and legs made out of lines only.   
Although the shape of the head is not seen, the “eyes” are the most striking 
feature, which gives the impression of being cross-eye: the 5th magnitude 34 
Phi Cassiopeiae being a much brighter eye than the 7th magnitude SAO 
22187 “eye”.  Its arms are stretched out to the side at a 45 degree angle above 
its shoulder.  Still very prominent feature at 30x.  Lost its effect at 60x.  
After the session, I later checked its description and saw its name.  However, 
I can’t say that I saw any Owl!  Favorite!
Later, I found out that this cluster is also called the "ET Cluster".  Well,
it's closer but I can't say I saw ET either!
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