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(IAAC) Obj: NGC1342 - Inst: 8", f/10, fork mount, SCT, Celestar 8



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Observation Poster: Don Clouse <dlcdeepsky@home.com>
Observer: Don Clouse
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11/10/2001, 8.15pm, EST
Location of site: club dark sie in southern Indiana, USA (Lat 38N, Elev 775 ft.)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.5 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8", f/10, fork mount, SCT, Celestar 8
Magnification: 58x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC1342
Category: Open cluster.
Class: Trumpler class 3 2 m
Constellation: Per
Data: mag 6.7  size 14'
Position: RA 03h:32m  DEC +37d:23m
Description:
At 58x (35mm Celestron Ultima, 50.6' true field), this open cluster was 
roughly rectangular shaped, aligned WSW/ENE and 20'x10' in extent.  About
30 stars were visible from moderatley bright to barely resolved.  There is
no real centralization, however there are more stars in the western and
southern areas.  Galactic cluster NGC1342 is on the Herschel 400 list.  Since
many stars were right at the edge of resolution, it seems likely that larger
apertures would show many more stars.
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