Messier Objects

M34: Open Star Cluster (Perseus) RA: 02h 42.1m / DEC: +42° 45'.0
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

This spectacular open star cluster is a fine object for small telescopes. It's an easy naked eye cluster covering a 35' expanse in far western Perseus. The closest bright star is Almach, about seven degrees to the west in Andromeda. My sketch is based on a 36X view in the 10-inch Starfinder Newtonian. Forty-three cluster members are drawn. M34 features a distinctive row of eight stars running east-west through the center. While you're in the area, look for NGC 891, an edge-on spiral galaxy about 3.6 degrees due west.

M33-Pinwheel Galaxy M35


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