21 Oct 2006 TIMPA, Avra Valley, AZ (map)
12x36 Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars
Bright and distinct despite being in a heavy Milky Way starfield, small, not resolved
27 Aug 2006 TIMPA, Avra Valley, AZ (map)
28cm f/10 SCT Gypsy
A bright well defined open cluster, rich, quite clumpy in appearance with a few notable voids, well over 10' in diameter and reasonably round, homogeneous with a fairly small magnitude variation
30 Sep 2005 Gila, New Mexico (map)
90mm F/12 APO Violet Haze
Rich! a circular patch with a much brighter 8.2 mag. star on one side, resolved but with a mist of unresolved stars surrounding, visible in 9x63 binoculars, a good binocular object
14 Nov 1998 Empire Mts., Pima Co., AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT
Rich star cluster, roughly circular and well resolved
7 Jan 1774
Cluster of very small stars, mingled with nebulosity, which can be seen only with an achromatic telescope. It was when he observed the Comet which appeared in this year that M. Messier saw this cluster, which was close to comet on the 7th of September 1774; it is below the star d Cassiopeiae: that star was used to determine both the cluster of stars & the comet."
Rev. T.W. Webb
Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)
Irregular with orange star, as is frequently the case.
5 objects found within 120'
Drawings, descriptions and CCD photos are copyright Andrew Cooper unless otherwise noted, no usage without permission. Use for non-profit and educational reasons is generally given on request.
Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.
The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.
Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927
Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.