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(IAAC) Obj: Berkeley 6 - 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, 11:15pm EST
Location of site: southern Indiana, 35 miles 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): Berkeley 6
Category: Open cluster.
Class: II 2 p
Constellation: Cas
Data: mag ?  size 5.0'
Position: RA 01h:51m  DEC +61d:04m
Description:
At 100x (20mm Ultrascopic, 31' TFOV), Berkeley 6 was tiny, less than 1' in
size.  1 star visible with direct vision on a faint surrounding haze.  Averted
vision reveals 4 or 5 stars within the haze.  Located about 2' SW of a bright
field star.  Visible in same 1.2d field (40mm Optiluxe, 51x) with NGC663.  The
cluster was suspected at 51x.  (A later, close-up inspection of a MegaStar5
chart along with the cataloged diameter of 5' seems to indicate that a few 
surrounding stars may be part of the cluster.)
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