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(IAAC) Obj: M36 - Inst: 10" F/5.6 Dobsonian



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Observation Poster: Brian Carter <Nairbretrac@hotmail.com>
Observer: Brian Carter
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11/14/2004
Location of site: Charlie Elliot (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" F/5.6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 64x  109x   203x   284x
Filter(s): 
Object(s): M36
Category: Open cluster.
Class: Cl, B, vL, vRi, lC
Constellation: Aur
Data: mag 6.0  size 12
Position: RA 5:36.1  DEC +34:08
Description:
Smallest of the 3 Messiers in Auriga.  I counted easily 50 stars, dominated
by a close double.  Shape is reminiscent of a sprawling frog, or maybe a dragonfly,
funny what one will see staring at these clusters.  It is unfortunate that this
cluster will be inevitably overshadowed by m37 and m38, but it really is a beautiful
cluster in its own right.  It's one of those clusters that really lends itself
to aperture well.
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