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#1 Jef De Wit

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 08:05 AM

No good weather in Belgium last time. The evening of the 4th of December there were two gaps in the clouds, just long enough to put the big cluster Melotte 20 in Perseus on paper. In the 8x42 the cluster exists of 2 parts: the saxophone string with Mirfak and a group of clear stars with Sigma Persei as the most striking (yellow color!) specimen. These two groups together form an oval with NW-SE orientation of about 2.5° long. The fine stars at the edge make the cluster rounder in shape. I hope you like the sketch!

 

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 09:31 AM

Jef,

 

I like the sketch!  Your binoculars frame it perfectly.  I always enjoy looking at Mel 20 with my 12x36 IS binoculars--they have an FOV of 5 degrees.

 

As I'm sure you know (but others may not be aware), Mel 20 is also known as the alpha Persei association--a true cluster that is moving through space together.


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Posted 05 December 2021 - 10:11 AM

Always a great stopping point with smaller instruments.Your rendering does it justice Jef,very well drawn!        Michael


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Posted 05 December 2021 - 10:25 AM

Jef,

Very fine binocular sketch  of this cluster.

 

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 05:09 PM

Striking illustration Jef with a lovely pop of colour.

Clear skies,
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Posted 06 December 2021 - 11:25 AM

Very nice work Jef smile.png Was it a handheld observation? I know how hard that is (did it once with the Hyades).

 

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 12:22 PM

Was it a handheld observation? I know how hard that is (did it once with the Hyades).

No, I used an old video tripod. It needs some acrobatics for the neck, but it works.



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Posted 06 December 2021 - 04:32 PM

Jef,

 

Very good sketch of Saxophone Cluster (Mel 20) smile.gif .

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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