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Area around Mirfak

Started by markvcostello3, 02/02/2011 01:51PM
Posted 02/02/2011 01:51PM Opening Post
This area seems to be loaded with bright stars. I find it as pleasing to observe at low power as M45 and M44. Is this field of stars a cluster or just a bunch of stars that appear close together. Has it a name?


Mark Costello
Matthews, NC

Mark Costello
Matthews, NC, USA

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Posted 02/02/2011 02:21PM #1
It is usually referred to simply as the Alpha Persei Cluster, but I believe it is also designated as Melotte 20 or Collinder 39. Apparently it is a fairly new, close-by open cluster.