NGC 1896 (KPR2004b 67, H. VIII.4) Open Cluster* in Auriga

Located at: RA 05 hours 25 minutes 42 seconds, Dec +29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds

Size: 20' Magnitude: -- Class: cluster?

North is up

West to the right


 8" f5 Newtonian reflector


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


Lumicon Red filter, 440 minutes (44 x 10 minute subs), 01/25/26/2012; seeing 2.9-3.8 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.58.4408.26181, Photoshop CS 5.1


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

Notes:* This NGC cluster not much to look at, and its identity as a true Open Cluster is in question.

Information from "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes: "Most references (e.g. NGC) have declination 9 degrees too far south. Center at HD 243448. Bright star is HD 35348 (V=8.51, K5). S Aliases: H. VIII.4, h 353, GC 1104." ... the Notes description indicates essentially the same information as the NGC / IC Project below ...

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 1896
NGC 1896
05 25 35 +29 15.6

18" (11/22/03): at 115x, this is a scattered group of two dozen or more stars 
(depending on assumed dimensions) located NE of mag 8.6 SAO 77158.  The group is 
elongated NW-SE, ~10'x4' in size, although the borders of the group is 
arbitrary.  Includes 10 brighter mag 10-12 stars.  The declination given in the 
RNGC is 9 degrees too far south (listed as nonexistent).

Observed three times by WH (VIII 4): "A Cl of co and i sc pLst." and once by JH 
(h353).  At their position is a scattered group of bright stars which is 
probably an asterism.  There was a misprint in the declination in GC and NGC of 
9 degrees south.   Listed as nonexistent in RNGC which gives the erroneous NGC 
position.  Lynga does not list an object at H's position and Reinmuth also adds 
"no distinct Cl."  Corwin notes this a scattering of twenty 9th to 12th 
magnitude stars.  See NGCBUGS.

- by Steve Gottlieb
Historical Research Notes / Correction for NGC 1896
NGC 1896.  The 9 degree error in declination was introduced in the GC, and 
copied intact into the NGC.  The Herschels' original positions are good, and 
point to a scattering of about 20 9th to 12th magnitude stars.  This may not 
be a real cluster, but that determination will depend on detailed studies of 
proper motions and photometry of the stars.

This group, by the way, is not OCL 450 (in the Prague catalogue).  That is a
much more distant, much fainter cluster about half a degree north-west of NGC
1896. - Dr. Harold G. Corwin, Jr.
The CDS lists NGC 1896 as a "Cluster of Stars", and give the reference [KPR21004b] 67.
At the extreme Northwest (upper right) corner of this image is Berkeley 19 (6.0', 11.4 mag, Cl: II 1 m), about 26 arc minutes from NGC 1896