(IAAC) Obj: NGC 6546 - Inst: 16" f4.45, Newt, truss-dob, NSS/ServoCAT

Observation Poster: Don Clouse <dlcdeepsky@insightbb.com>
Observer: Don Clouse
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: July 19, 2003, 11.40pm, EDT
Location of site: south central IN, USA (Lat ++38d 16', Elev 785 ft.)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 16" f4.45, Newt, truss-dob, NSS/ServoCAT
Magnification: 120x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 6546
Category: Open cluster.
Class: Trumpler 2 1 r
Constellation: Sgr
Data: mag 8.0  size 13'
Position: RA 18:07  DEC -23d:18'
At 120x (15mm Panoptic, 34' true field), OC NGC 6546 appeared very large and 
only slightly concentrated.  About two dozen 12th to 13th magnitude stars are 
scattered over a 16'x10' SSW/NNE area.  Two roughly parallel of 5 to 6 stars,
each about 8' long, run in the same orientation separated by 4'.  Another two
dozen fainter stars, to the edge of resolution, are scattered around.  Averted 
vision picks up perhaps yet another two dozen.  In all, at least 70 stars are
visible.  This is a subtle but attractive galactic cluster.  
   NGC 6546 is located 1.3 degrees NNE of the Lagoon Nebula.  It is about 2,700
light years distant (Sky Atlas 2000.0 Companion).  That would put it half way or
more to the Lagoon and, I suppose, pretty much right between the Local Spiral 
Arm and the Sagittarius Spiral Arm.
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