Quote:Very nice write-up! I'll have to check out some of these... I only recently became aware of NGC 2451 after reading of it in Garrett Serviss' 1888 book "Astronomy With An Opera-Glass." He doesn't refer to any names or ngc numbers, but after describing the position says "Your attention will be arrested by a remarkable stellar arrangement, in which a beautiful half-circle of small stars curving above a larger star, which is reddish in color, is conspicuous." To me, it's more of a ring of small stars with a brighter red star at the bottom.Marty
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