|NGC 2482: Open Star Cluster (Puppis) RA: 07h 55.2m / DEC: -24° 15'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
The winter sky offers a wide variety of deep-sky gems, ranging from the dramatic to the delicate. The great Orion nebula is arguably the most dramatic object visible from mid-northern latitudes. And winter delicacies take the form of sparkling open star clusters. NGC 2482, pictured in the sketch at left, is a true winter gem. My drawing captures its appearance in the 10-inch Starfinder equatorial at 129X. More than 80 stars are strewn across the 39' diameter field. The star cluster occupies roughly the central third of the field. What makes this cluster so pretty are its closely knit stellar associations. The carrot-shaped grouping of ten 10th through 12th magnitude stars positioned just west of center immediately captures the eye. A second clumping of nine mostly 12th magnitude embers lies immediately north and east of the first. Just a few arc minutes to the west is a third clumping of stars scattered along a west-northwest to east-southeast path. The brightest stars in the drawing lie outside the cluster. A trio of 7th and 8th magnitude stars can be seen near the northeast field boundary about 13' from the heart of NGC 2482.
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