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(IAAC) Obj: M45, NGC 1435, Pleiades - Inst: ETX60



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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 8:42 pm CST
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: ETX60
Magnification: 14x, 39x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M45, NGC 1435, Pleiades
Category: Emission nebula.
Class: 
Constellation: Tau
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA 003:47  DEC +24:07
Description:
In low power fills up quite a bit of the FOV, providing a nice sight. While observing, a meteor flashed through. The main 6 stars form a mini-dipper asterism. Overall, the other members of the cluster give it a “lunar lander” shape - there are some legs extending off of the round body (the stars surrounding the bowl of the dipper). Altogether, I can see about 50 stars.
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