Observing in Friitala 28.-29.2.2016

Date: 28./29.2.2016
Time: 22:45-23:45
Observing site: Friitala, Ulvila, Finland
Instrument: N250/1200mm (10” Newton)

NELM: 5.3
SQM: 19.80-19.85
Darkness of the background sky: 3
Seeing: 3
Transparency: –
Weather: Clear sky, calm, snow on the ground, -13C

Objects observed: NGC 2126, NGC 1857

In late February, between the 28th and 29th of February i had a short observing session in Friitala. During the session, I observed two open clusters in the constellation of Auriga: NGC 2126 and 1857. During the session, conditions were OK winter conditions, and Moon wasn’t interfering this time. For this session, I had been able to collimate my telescope well enough, and bad collimation wasn’t problem anymore. This time though tube currents were causing some problem, because I didn’t have enough time to let the telescope cool down.

NGC 2126

My first object was NGC 2126, a small open cluster in Auriga, 5 degrees north of Beta Aurigae.Of this object, I wrote following notes:

A small, faint-starred, rather poor cluster, no obvious concentration.

160228-29_NGC 2126
NGC 2126 observed with 10” Newton

NGC 1857

My second object of this session was another small and faint open cluster in Auriga: NGC 1857. This object is located 3 degrees SE from eta Aurigae, in the middle of the “box” -asterism of Auriga. Of this object, I wrote following notes:

A small, rather faint and poor but still obvious cluster. Misplaced on Skymap Pro 9.

160228-29_NGC 1857
NGC 1857 observed with 10” Newton
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