Iiro's DeepSky Sketches

Name: Messier 45 and VenusOther name: Melotte22
RA: 3h 47m DEC: +24° 7'
Constellation: TAU
Type: Cluster + nebulosity
Magnitude: 1.2
Size: 100'
Surface brightness: 11
Number of stars: 100
Brightest star: 2.9
Classification: I 3 r n
Description: vvB,vL,brilliant naked eye cluster,neb inv
Notes: Pleiades,nebys NGC 1432 and 1435 involved
Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Location: Lakasenpelto, Imatra, Finland
Date: 4/5.4.2004 22:20
Instrument: Newton 110/805 mm
Magnification: 25xFilter: -
Field: 120'Seeing: 3
Background sky: 5NE lim mag: 4
Visuality: IHeight: 18°
Weather: 0°C, full moon
Description: A beautiful sight in western sky. Venus is passing Pleiades. This was a good change to test my homemade travelscope (aka Talson). I used 32mm eyepiece which gives 25x and a huge 2ø field. With this magnification Venus is only a very bright ''star'' without clear phase...and Pleiades...check sketch out.
Updated: 11.4.2004 17:57