Whiting 1 (WHI B0200-03) Globular** Cluster in Cetus

Located at: RA 02 hours 02 minutes 57 seconds, Dec -03 degrees15 minutes 00 seconds

Size: 1.2' Magnitude: -- Class: --

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, 380 minutes (38 x 10 minute subs), 01/8/13/2009; seeing 2.5-6.5 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 1.4.1, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

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

Notes:* ** New information: From "A galactic globular clusters database" ... classified as a 'halo object'.

This curious little object just below center is classified as an open cluster in "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes. Information from Comments and Aliases: "Dias, et al. [2002] call this "Whiting 1", but the discovery paper gives no suggestion for such a name. Alias: (5) Whiting 1".

Whiting 1 is just 12 minutes SSE from the Galaxy Cluster AGC 296, located at the upper right of this image.

AGC 296 is located at RA 02h 02m 24s, -03d 07m 00s. Size is 16.8', Class is 1 6 III. Number of galaxies 53.

This first 18 images had a 95% moon in the sky, and the sequence was interrupted by periods of fog. The second 20 in the sequence had no moon, but the off-shore Santa Ana winds had started and the seeing was much worse. The background was very uneven and tough to process, so some of the fainter background galaxies were lost. This image has been cropped and resized back to a 1530 width (original camera pixel width), so it is a little bit enlarged from most other images on my site.

See this information from the CDS on catalogued objects at this position.