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Wallcreeper
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Open Cluster bonanza!
      #5526836 - 11/18/12 08:56 PM

I spent tonight and yesterday browsing the open clusters in Cassiopeia. In total I looked at 16 clusters in this constellation. In numerical order: NGC 129, 136, 225, 381, 436, 457, 559, 637, 654, 663, 659, 1027, 7789, 7790, M52, M103.
Some of these were more impressive than others. The ones I liked best were: 225, quite a few bright stars, 381, 457 (ET), 663 (rich cluster, flanked by 654 and 659), 1027 and best of all 7789. Never get enough of 7789, it actually looks like a rose with all the dark lanes in it.
While in Cassiopeia I also observed some double stars. eta cas and sigma cas were nice enough, but iota cas was a really nice triple.
Outside of Cassiopeia I took a quick peek at M34, M36, M37, M38+ngc1907, the double cluster and the Andromeda galaxy.
All in all, two very nice evenings.


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starrancher
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Reged: 06/09/09

Loc: Northern Arizona
Re: Open Cluster bonanza! new [Re: Wallcreeper]
      #5526966 - 11/18/12 10:14 PM

Sounds like a great time .
But M35 along with NGC2158 are not happy that you missed them .


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LivingNDixie
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Loc: Trussville, AL
Re: Open Cluster bonanza! new [Re: starrancher]
      #5527120 - 11/19/12 12:06 AM

Sounds like an awesome observing run. NGC7789 is awesome and one of my favorites too.

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uniondrone
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Reged: 12/05/09

Loc: Streetlight Archipelago
Re: Open Cluster bonanza! new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5527697 - 11/19/12 11:02 AM

I think that the stretch of sky running through Cassiopeia, Perseus, and Auriga make autumn viewing what it is. It truly is an open cluster bonanza!

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Dave MitskyModerator
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Reged: 04/08/02

Loc: PA, USA, Planet Earth
Re: Open Cluster bonanza! new [Re: Wallcreeper]
      #5527904 - 11/19/12 01:06 PM

The next time that you're in the neighborhood of M103 you may want to pay the charming little Trumpler 1 a visit.

http://x.astrogeek.org/observations/log.php?o=1378

http://www.niteskys.com/m103_405.html

Dave Mitsky


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Wallcreeper
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Reged: 02/07/10

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Re: Open Cluster bonanza! new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5528903 - 11/19/12 09:53 PM

Trumpler 1 looks good. I'll try for that next time.

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