Messier 36 - NGC 1960

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Pinwheel Cluster
Bode 12, h 358, GC 1166, Melotte 37, Mel 37, Collinder 71, Cr 71, C 0532+341, OCl 445

Type  Open Cluster
Magnitude  6
Size  12'
Right Ascension  5h 36' 17.7"  (2000)
Declination  34° 8' 27" N
Constellation  Auriga
Description  Cl, B, vL, vRi, lC, *9..11
Classification  II 3 m
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Jan 11, 2023    Waikoloa, HI (map)
11.4cm f/4 Newtonian, Kinipōpō @ 18x
Seeing: 6 Transparency: 6 Moon: 0%

A bright rich cluster in a spectacularly rich region that includes M38, NGC 1907 and much more, rich, partially resolved, bright and obvious in the RFT, a notable radial pattern of brighter members superimposed upon the cluster

Andrew Cooper
Feb 19, 2018    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 92x
Seeing: 6 Transparency: 6 Moon: 20%

A bright obvious cluster, coarse, fully resolved, about 20' in diameter, a few loose chains of stars radiate from the center

Andrew Cooper
Jan 4, 2015    Waikoloa, HI (map)
28cm f/10 SCT, NexStar 11" Gypsy @ 80x
Seeing: 6 Transparency: 6 Moon: 0%

Bright, coarse, fully resolved, a hundred or more members scattered in a very distinct cluster about 10' in diameter

Andrew Cooper
Oct 21, 2006    TIMPA, Avra Valley, AZ (map)
12x36 Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars

Bright, smaller than M37 and M38, resolved, in a very nice field, M37 one field east, M38 less than a field (3°) west

Andrew Cooper
Sep 30, 2005    Gila, New Mexico (map)
90mm F/12 APO Violet Haze

Smaller than nearby M37 or M38, coarse, but brighter than either, sparse, a few dozen stars in a circular clump, easy and bright in 9x63 binoculars

Rev. T.W. Webb
May 19, 1885    Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)

Beautiful assemblage of stars 8 th 14 mg., very regularly arranged. 2° f φ.
― Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes, T. W. Webb, 1917

Captain William Henry Smyth
Sep 16, 1836    No. 6 The Crescent, Bedford, England (map)
150mm f/17.6 refractor by Tully 1827

A neat double star in a splendid cluster, on the robe below the Waggoner's left thigh, and near the centre of the Galaxy stream. A 8, and B 9, both white; in a rich though open splash of stars from the 8th to the 14th magnitudes, with numerous outliers, like the device of a star whose rays are formed of small stars. This object was registered by M. in 1764; and the double star, as H. remarks, is admirably placed, for future astronomers to ascertain whether there be internal motion in clusters. A line carried from the central star in Orion's belt, through ζ Tauri, and continued about 13° beyond, will reach the cluster, following φ Aurigæ by about two degrees.
― A Cycle of Celestial Objects Vol II, The Bedford Catalogue, William Henry Smyth, 1844

Charles Messier
Jan 2, 1758    

Cluster of stars in Auriga, near the star Phi: with an ordinary telescope of 3.5 foot one has pain to distinguish the stars, the cluster contains no nebulosity. Its position determined from Phi.
― Connaissance des Temps, 1781
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