IC 348 (OCL-409, IC 1985, vdB 19) Open Cluster / Bright Nebula in Perseus

Located at: RA 03 hours 34 minutes 44 seconds, Dec +32 degrees 10 minutes 00 seconds

Size: 8.0' / 8.0' x 6.2' Magnitude: 7.3 / -- Class: III 2 p n / Reflection

North is up

West to the right


 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector


 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c & -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


Lumicon Red filter, 650 minutes (65 x 10 minute subs), 01/13/14/15/16/2014; seeing 2.9-5.2 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.76.5115.24309, Photoshop CS5.1


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

Notes: Another object imaged in this "winter's" highly variable conditions. Winds (poor seeing generally in the wind), and a full moon (95-99%) within 35-60 degrees, were present during the entire sequence.

The bright star just out of the frame at the top is 3.8 magnitude Omicron Persei.

From the NGC / IC Project:

NO Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for IC 348 ... However, it lists IC 348 as a "Cluster w/nebulosity". "IC 1985" is listed as unknown/unverified.

The CDS lists IC 348 as an Open (Galactic) Cluster ... typing "IC 1985 or vdB 19" into the search box finds the same image.

According to "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, under Comments: "The IC 348 name applies to the (Gingrich) cluster and nebulosity".