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    Default Please help find NGC2158 open cluster



    I have recently been on the hunt for the winters best open clusters I have dedicated this whole month to just open clusters I like to call it Christmas cluster month...not very original haha I think we should have it every year lol.

    I have found quite a few in my searches and all have been easy to find except one that has me just going crazy and that one is NGC2158 right next to M35 in Gemini.It is mag 8.6 and far more compact and dense then M35.

    When looking at M35 all i can see is this very very faint patch of light could this be the cluster i have been searching for I would of never thought An open cluster could look so much like a distant galaxy lol and as faint.

    Am I looking at the right object? Or is this patch of light the open cluster i have been searching for? And just need darker and less light polluted skies to see it.Your help will mean so much to me this cluster is amazing to me because of it's exceptionally old age and just how dense and beautiful it looks in pictures

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    This image from the Waid Observatory is about what Stellarium shows me: http://www.waid-observatory.com/imag...04-03-1092.jpg It shows to be magnitude 8.6 which is probably a bit dim for an urban location.

    My scope is cooling down outside, once I get it set up I'll give it a go and post an observing report later tonight.
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    OK, I went out tonight and took a look at NGC2158. It is definitely dim; I had to use averted vision to be sure I was seeing it from my less-than-ideal location but it was there. It is a nice compact cluster, appears as more of a loose globular than an open cluster.

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    Thank you so much for your help compact open clusters like that are really a treat especially when two of them are that close together it and m35 really make a good couple haha.I have yet to go out and give it a try again but that will be the first thing i point my scope at next time im out there.

    If ya ever need help with anything to i will be more then welcome to help.

    If yuor up to another challenge try these nice clusters M52 and M103

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    Yes. We have just finished a week of nice clear weather with temperatures hovering around freezing. Usually those conditions mean strong outflow winds, but we lucked out and it was pretty calm, with a light zephyr to keep down the frost. The best conditions I have had since I got into this avocation.

    This is definitely open cluster time. There is a ton of them following Orion through the sky.

    On the other hand, there is a definite dearth of globs this time of year. M37 is a nice compact cluster.
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