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(IAAC) Obj: NGC663 - Inst: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200



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Observation Poster: Jim Anderson <madmoon@bellsouth.net>
Observer: Jim Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11222000-00:02EST
Location of site: Bigwoods, NC (Lat 35:46, Elev 250')
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 6/10 <10-1 Seeing Scale (1 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200
Magnification: 117X, 203x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC663
Category: Open cluster.
Class: III 2 m
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag 7.1v  size 16.0'
Position: RA 01:46.1  DEC +61:15
Description:
117X - The cluster fill about 2/3 FOV. A 8.5 mag star East of center and 3 9 mag stars are the dominant stars of this cluster. 8, 10.5 to 11.3 stars make an oval shape oriented about 130*; size 2.8' x 1.9'.
203X - Completely fills the FOV. NGC663 is rich, irregular concentration of about 80 stars.  There are several pairs of brighter stars and some arcs and interesting clumps of fainter stars. The sky glow washes out many of the fainter stars.
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