Last night it was cold, about 12 degrees F outside but I suited up, deployed the light shields and put out the XT10 to take a look at a variety of Open Clusters in Cassiopeia. I found like I do with going through the Herschel list, some that were like, what?! and I'll make my notes and a very rough sketch and move on or others like NGC 663 that just beckon to have a fine sketch done. I did some sketching lat night and will post one that I did here. OC's observed last night were NGC 457 (old Friend) 436, 637, 559, 659, 663, 654 with M42, M31, M32, M110, and an attempt on 247 but it was much to low by the time I went there.
NGC 659 is a medium rich cluster of 50 to 100 stars. I recorded that at both 57x and 92x a ring of stars could be detected of faint stars while direct vision gave me more of a halo affect. I personally renamed this the Blinking OC since with averted vision more details came out.
This is a digital image produced on GIMP and I have attempted to show the shape of the cluster (looking at it the stars forming the outline are not tight enough based on the actual sketch) and the halo or glow that is evident with stars trying to peep out.