NGC 1778 (Lund 152, Cr 58) Open Cluster in Auriga

Located at: RA 05 hours 08 minutes 06 seconds, Dec +37 degrees 01 minutes 24 seconds

Size: 6.0' (8.0') Magnitude: 7.7 Class: III 2 p

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

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

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 520 minutes  (52 x 10 minute subs) 01/3/4/2010; seeing 2.6-3.2 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 1.6.0.6, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

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

Notes: According to "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, the size of this open cluster is 8.0 arc minutes.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 1778

NGC 1778 = Cr 58 = OCL-429 = Lund 152
05 08 06 +37 01.4
V = 7.7;  Size 7

17.5": about 50 stars mag 10-15 in a 15' field.  Most stars are arranged in two 
rows oriented NW-SE with a dark lane between.  Fairly scattered overall, 
includes several double stars.  There is a nice double star 10/10 at 15" with 
two mag 13 stars near and 4' SE is a close striking double star h3266 = 9.9/11.1 
at 8".  A fairly rich clump is at the SE end of cluster.

8": 20 stars mag 10 and fainter in a 6' field, small, elongated NW-SE, nice 
double star 10/10.  Includes a string of mag 10-11 star to the N.

- by Steve Gottlieb