"The Smiling Cyclops", an asterism.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:39 AM
in Poland we call it a "Cat's Paw". It's quite famous, tiny asterism inside the real jewel of autumn sky.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:24 AM
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:17 PM
By the way the link you included below your name, doesnt work.
Thanks for sharing this
Posted 04 February 2013 - 02:53 PM
By the way, minor typo: toward the end of the second paragraph, it reads "NGC86" instead of "NGC869."
Thanks for the new way (to me, anyway) to look at the double cluster!
Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:24 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:28 AM
TBH though, i like your 'Smiling Cyclops' idea a lot better.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:16 AM
Welcome to CN.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:01 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:05 PM
Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:30 PM
It's easily overlooked because you need to put some power on it, and one usually starts at pretty low power on the double cluster.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:02 AM
I've always heard it referred to as Stick Man.
You might be thinking of the open cluster Stock 2, which lies next to the Double Cluster. That's often referred to as the "Muscleman Cluster" or "Strongman Cluster.:
Here's a quote from my November 2009 Binocular Universe e-column, which you can read right here on CN:
John Davis from Amherst, Massachusetts, mentioned to me more than 20 years ago that the brighter stars [of Stock 2] almost look like a headless stick figure flexing his muscles, christening it the "Muscleman Cluster." His legs stretch out in two straight lines to the east, while his flexing arms curve to the west, above his long, albeit headless neck. Others remark that the pattern is more reminiscent of a pirouetting ballerina, again sans head. Muscleman or ballerina not withstanding, the next time you are drinking in the beauty of the Double Cluster, be sure to swing northward and spot Stock 2 in the same field of view.