Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 1245: Open Star Cluster (Perseus) RA: 03h 14.7m / DEC: +47° 14'.3
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

NGC 1245 is an 8.4 magnitude open star cluster in northern Perseus. A bright tendril of the Milky Way runs across this patch of sky, so it should be no surprise that a galactic cluster resides here. The sketch at left presents a 129X view in my 10-inch Meade Starfinder equatorial Newtonian. NGC 1245 is centered. Twenty-six cluster members are shown scattered across an area 8' in diameter. Most range from 11th to 13th magnitude. 8.0 magnitude HD 20023 stands just beyond the southern boundary of the cluster, 5'.5 from the core, with a 9th magnitude star shining 1' to the southeast. The triangle asterism of 9th, 10th and 11th magnitude GSC stars is positioned 5'.3 south of HD 20023. 27 additional stars populate the area.

NGC 1084 NGC 1342


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