57 Persei

Tim Leese
Star: 57 Persei
Date & Time: 10 November 2002
Seeing: ? <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Transparency:  <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Location: Northwich, Cheshire. UK.
(53° 15' N -2º 33' W).
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.3 ( UMi )  <Limiting magnitude>
Conditions: Clear patches of sky in-between
drifting cloud. 
Binoculars: 20X60 ( Russian ), 3 degree fov,
hand held: 
Magnification: 20x
Observations:  Using these large binoculars for any length of time can become tiresome, as they are just that bit too heavy for comfort. However, for short periods they give superb views. 57 Per was my target tonight, during the clearings in the clouds and I soon found it by starting from Capella, a dazzling sight at X20.
The X20 binoculars shows 57 Per as a wide pair of white and blue/white stars.  Both 59 and 58 Per could be seen in the same view with a profusion of fainter stars scattered throughout the view. A superb sight through these binoculars.


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