NGC 1027 (Lund 92, Cr 30) Open Cluster in Cassiopeia

Located at: RA 02 hours 42 minutes 36 seconds, Dec +61 degrees 35 minutes 42 seconds

Size: 20' (15') Magnitude: 6.7 Class: II 3 m n

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

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

Image:

Lumicon Deep Sky filter, 180 minutes (18 x 10 minute subs), 11/27/2007

Processing:

CCDStack 1.3, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

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

Notes:

This image replaces a 15 minute unfiltered Track & Accumulate image from 12/10/2005.

According to "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, the size of this open cluster is 15 arc minutes.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 1027

NGC 1027 = Cr 30 = Mel 16
02 42 35 +61 35.7
V = 6.7;  Size 20

17.5": 90 stars in 15' diameter, fairly scattered but still a striking cluster. 
Surrounds mag 7.0 SAO 16626 and includes about 15 mag 10-11 stars and many mag 
13-14 stars.  A number of the stars are arranged in spiraling rays emanating 
from the dominant star.  The cluster is composed of a mixture of bright and 
faint stars.

8": includes a dozen stars mag 8 to 12.5.  Fairly small, rich, over unresolved 
background haze.

- by Steve Gottlieb