Messier Objects

M52: Open Star Cluster (Cassiopeia) RA: 23h 24.3m / DEC: +61° 35'.0
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M52 is an open star cluster tucked away in the netherworld between Cassiopeia and Cepheus. The nearest bright, naked eye star is 2.3 magnitude Caph, Beta Cassiopeiae, about 6 degrees to the east-southeast. Relatively bright 4 Cassiopeiae, 5.0 magnitude, is 42' to the north. My drawing shows 48 member stars with 13 field stars thrown in for good measure. The cluster covers a 12' area.

M51-Whirlpool Galaxy M53


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