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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 659 - Inst: 8" SCT, Celestron, manual fork



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Observation Poster: Don Clouse <dlcdeepsky@insightbb.com>
Observer: Don Clouse
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11/1/2002, 10:30 EST
Location of site: southern Indiana, 35 west of Louisville, KY  USA (Lat +38d 7m, Elev 780 ft)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" SCT, Celestron, manual fork
Magnification: 100x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 659
Category: Open cluster.
Class: I 2 m
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag 7.9  size 5.0'
Position: RA 01h:44m  DEC +60d:40m
Description:
At 100x (20mm Ultrascopic, 31' TFOV), NGC 659 is  roughly circular and 6' in
diameter.  A bright yellow star (foreground? lucida?) sits at the SE edge of the
cluster.  The 10 or so brightest members are scattered rather evenly.  However, numerous dimmer stars are concentrated in an E/W oval on the north side of the
group.  15 stars are easily seen with direct vision and another 15 or so with
averted vision.  Averted vision also reveals a small, 1', detached group of
3 or 4 stars just to the north.  Stands out well from the field.  Lovely.  In
the same 1.2d field (40mm Optiluxe, 51x) with NGC 663.  NGC 659 is on the 
Herschel 400 list.
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