(IAAC) Obj: NGC 457 - Inst: Celestar 8" SCT, fork mount

Observation Poster: William L. Schart <wschart@hot.rr.com>
Observer: William L. Schart
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 11/22/01
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31 07, Elev 600 ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 3.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: Celestar 8" SCT, fork mount
Magnification: 78x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 457
Category: Open cluster. Planetary nebula. Emission nebula. Reflection nebula. Dark nebula. Supernova remnant. Asterism. Multiple star. Variable star. Cluster of galaxies. Group of galaxies. Extragalactic HII. Extragalactic O-B. Extragalactic glob. Other.
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA 01:19  DEC +58:20
Variously known as the Owl cluster, the Katchina Doll cluster, or the ET cluster. To tell the truth, it doesn’t look like any of these to me. The main group of stars is immediately off of phi Cas (not a member). This is somewhat heart shaped. In the middle of this there are 2 groups of stars which do somewhat resemble a pair of eyes. Extending off to the west is a T-shaped extension, 3 stars in the verticle part and 3 in the cross bar. There is also an arc of stars to the N, 3 bright ones and some fainter ones, and another chain off to the SE. In total I make about 50 stars.
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