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Star18

Object:

STAR 18, Pakan's 3

Constellation:

Monoceros

RA:

06h53m14.7s

DEC:

-10008'57"

Magnification:

62,5

Filter:

None

Field:

46,5'

Pos. Angle:

-

Object Info:

This is a string of stars in Monoceros that forms a "3" but then in mirror view. It is not too difficult to spot but you need a good finder chart, starting of at Sirius. It is a string of 15 stars about magnitude 9 or 10 which together form a mirrored "3". The brightness is average. The size is about 35' in height. The asterism stands out well from its surroundings. Philip S. Harrington describes this asterism in his book "The Deep Sky, an introduction". He gives a discription how to find it starting of from Sirius.

Orientation:

North is up, west is to the left

Miscallenous information

Date:

2-Feb-2002

Time (GMT):

21.30.00

Location:

50.55N 6.03E

Experience:

Beginner

Instrument:

8 inch klevtsov-cassegrain TAL 200K

Magnification used

62,5

Filters used:

None

The Seeing:

5. (1 = best, scale of 10)
Twinkling stars are quiet apparent, but the twinkling is not rapid. Images are blurred at medium powers.

Transparency:

5. (1 = best, scale of 10)
Haze appears overhead, but faint stars are visible.

The sky darkness:

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

Naked eye limiting magnitude:

4.8

Moonfase:

No moon