Waterloo 1 (GSC 03719-00517, OCL 153) Open Cluster* in Camelopardalis

Located at: RA 04 hours 18 minutes 39 seconds, Dec +52 degrees 50 minutes 52 seconds

Size: 5.0' (1.6') Magnitude: -- Class: --

North is up

West to the right


 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector


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


Lumicon Red filter, 220 minutes (22 x 10 minute subs), 12/23/2017; seeing 3.0-3.6 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing: CCDStack 2.94.6355.18107, Photoshop CS5.1

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


I was searching for a 'one night' object to image between the clouds, and came across the open cluster "Waterloo 1" in 'Deep Sky Planner' (v5.1.3). After getting one night of imaging in (22 subs), I began consulting other sources about the identity of this object ... In the CDS, searching for "Waterloo 1" brings one to Sh2-208 (in the NE <upper left> edge of this field). This is the CDS data for "Waterloo 1".

According to  "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, the size of this open cluster is listed as 1.6 arc minutes, and the type is 'Asterism?'. Comments and Aliases: "Apparent asterism of stars including BD+52 805 (V=11.0, B). Involved in Sh2-208 Alias: (4) Sh2-208."

The position that I imaged for "Waterloo 1" - from Deep Sky Planner: 04h 18m 36s, +52d 51m 30s

The position for "Waterloo 1" from "Star Cluster's": 04h 18m 36.4s, +52d 51m 28s

The position for "Waterloo 1" from the CDS: 04h 19m 32.9s, +52d 58m 41s

This area is laced with very faint nebulosity and a couple of Sh2 objects. My total time on this object does not show the nebulosity well.