You can find this gorgeous globular cluster by following the outline of
Pegasus' neck just a little past his nose.
About three binocular fields below M15 you can spot another globular
cluster. This slightly fainter one rests within the boundaries of
This is an attractive cluster in northern Cygnus. Although it stands out
well in binoculars it can be a bit of a tricky starhop for the novice.
One way to locate it is to follow the outline of the constellation
eastward, two binocular fields past Deneb, and then hop one field down.
Once it's in the field it'll be unmistakable.
This is Herschel's "garnet star", one of the reddest stars known. Sweep
the bottom of Cepheus between zeta and alpha and you'll see it along the
way. If you look at it month to month you'll also see that it varies in
brightness between magnitude from 3.7 to 5.0. Some observer's even claim
that it varies in tint too! What do you see ?
How easy or difficult this object is to see is probably more dependent
on your sky conditions than your optics. Although some prefer to start
their star-hop from Cassiopea, I've always found it easier to simply
follow the outline of Andromeda to the second pair of stars and scan the
area just to the north. Take a good long look and see if you can spot
either of its companions.
& 884 - Double Cluster
you scan the Milky Way between Cassiopeia and Perseus under a dark sky,
these two beauties will be hard to miss. Even without binoculars you'll
probably see a misty patch that betrays the presence of one of the
northern skies' grandest sights.
This is one of the clusters that is often ignored because it lies right
near the dazzling double cluster. In fact, you can fit all three in the
same binocular field. Take a long careful look at the north edge of your
field the next time you're drawn to the double cluster.
Also know by some authors as the Alpha Persei group, this is a large
scattering of stars surrounding the brightest star in Perseus. A
beautiful field well worth a long careful look.
Kemble's Cascade & NGC 1502
From Alpha Persei, go two binoculars towards Polaris and you'll see a
long chain of stars leading to a faint little cluster. The chain is
named after Fr. Lucian Kemble, a very active and well know amateur
If you sweep with your binoculars from the tip of Triangulum towards the
brightest star in Perseus, you'll pass by this beautiful cluster.
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