Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 7160: Open Star Cluster (Cepheus) RA: 21h 53.7m / DEC: +62° 36'.2
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

South-central Cepheus is where you'll dig up this fine little cluster. NGC 7160 resides 1.3 degrees west of 5.3 magnitude 20 Cephei. 2.5 magnitude Alderamin, Alpha Cephei, lies 4 degrees due west. The view in my 10-inch, f/4.5 Newt is presented in the sketch at left. The cluster is offset slightly to the southeast from center. A pair of bright stars, 7.0 magnitude HD 208392 and 7.9 magnitude HD 208440, anchor this stellar family. About 2' to the west, three 9th through 11th magnitude NGC stars balance the brighter pair. Seven additional cluster members are scattered across a 7' diameter field. 6.7 magnitude HD 208218 stands 10' to the northwest just inside the eyepiece boundary. While you're in the area, don't miss NGC 7142, 3.3 degrees to the north-northwest.

NGC 7142 NGC 7209


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