NGC 886 (Lund 77, Stock 6) and Berkeley 63 (Lund 74) Open Clusters in Cassiopeia

Center of field at approximately: RA 02 hours 21 minutes 33 seconds, Dec +63 degrees 47 minutes 24 seconds

Size: 14' and 4.0' (3.0') Magnitude: -- and -- Class: IV 2 p and III 1 p

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 Red filter, 550 minutes (55 x 10 minute subs), 11/21/22/2010; FWHM 2.2-3.0 per CCDStack

Processing:

 CCDStack 2.15.3969.17108, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

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

Notes:

Two nondescript open clusters ... Berkeley 63 is more obvious to the west (right), while NGC 886 is larger, but not well detached, to the east (left).

According to "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, the size of Berkeley 63 is 3.0 arc minutes.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 886

NGC 0886 = Stock 6 = OCL 347
02 23 12 +63 46.7
Size 14

17.5": the most noticeable grouping in this area is a 6' scattered group which 
is arranged into a rough pentagon with a broad triangular "roof" forming the W 
side.  Nearly all of the stars here form the border of this figure and it 
visually appears to be an asterism. The brightest member is mag 8.5 SAO 12256 at 
the N vertex and a nice collinear triple star (with a close pair at ~10") marks 
the SW vertex.  Only a few mag 13 stars are in the interior of this figure.  
This object is plotted as Stock 6 on the U2000.

Discovered by JH (h214): A coarse straggling cl; not v rich; 10 or 12' dia.  
Stars 9...13."  Incorrectly listed as a type 7 OC in the RNGC.  The NGC position 
is only 5' off from the scattered cluster Stock 6.  See NGCBUGS, Corwin.

- by Steve Gottlieb