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NGC 2301

Object:

NGC 2301

Constellation:

Monoceros

RA:

06h51m48.0s

DEC:

+00028'00"

Magnification:

166

Filter:

None

Field:

18'

Pos. Angle:

-

Object Info:

NGC 2301 is a beautifull open cluster Type I 3 m. In my 8x50 finderscope it was visible as a smudge. It is a small cluster (12'). I could only detect abouth 30 stars of a total of 80. The cluster is of the 6th magnitude, the brightest star is of the 8th magnitude (visual). There is a string of stars in the North-South direction. In the center I found a beautifull pair, one is yellow and the other is blue-white. There is no background nebulosity.

Orientation:

North is up, west is to the left

Miscallenous information

Date:

19 february 2003

Time (GMT):

20.45.00

Location:

50.55N 6.03E

Experience:

Beginner

Instrument:

8 inch klevtsov-cassegrain TAL 200K

Magnification used

62, 133, 167,200

Filters used:

None

The Seeing:

6. (1 = best, scale of 10)
Fine detail is lost at medium power

Transparency:

4. (1 = best, scale of 10)
Very slight haze is noticable overhead near bright objects

The sky darkness:

8. (1 = best, scale of 10)
Sky is bright, similar to three quart of moon

Naked eye limiting magnitude:

4.8

Moonfase:

Moon is just under the horizon