IC 1848 (LBN 667, Cr 32, Lund 95, Sh2-199)* Open Cluster in Bright Nebula in Cassiopeia

Located at: RA 02 hours 51 minutes 11 seconds, Dec +60 degrees 24 minutes 06 seconds

Size: 12' (120') Magnitude: 6.5 (--);Class: I 3 p n (Emission = Sharpless 3 2 3)

North is up

West to the right


8" f5 Newtonian reflector


 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -25c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


Lumicon Red filter, 820 minutes (82 x 10 minute subs), 11/15/18/17/2011; seeing 2.4-3.4 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.53.4349.21251, Photoshop CS 5.1


 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes:* Another case of position/identity confusion ... I shot IC 1848 (as a open cluster) based on Megastar v5.0.13 position listed above. The CDS has a position of 02h 49m 20.9s, +60d 38m 03s, which is to the northwest (upper right) in this image, and identifies it as an HII region (among other things). "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, has basically the same positional data as Megastar, however, in their notes, they conclude "To summarize, IC 1848 is both Cr 32 and Cr 33, a cluster in the western end of this complex. Cr 34 is a possible (but not proven) cluster in the eastern end of this complex. Barnard essentially discovered both." They note that Barnard photographed this region, and noted that the clusters were 'immersed in a bed of feeble nebulosity'.

The NGC / IC Project has no visual observations for this area, but lists the Contemporary/Current Data as Cluster/nebulosity, 02h 51m 12s, Dec +60d 26m 00s, Class: I 3 p n (Sharpless Classification 3:2:3, 120' diameter)