Archive for July 30, 2012

NGC 188 – Open Cluster in Cepheus – August 2010 – Observer’s Challenge – Posted July 30th 2012

July 30, 2012


NGC 188 has always been a difficult object from my moderately light polluted backyard using a 10-inch reflector.  Some observers report seeing this cluster with a 60mm refractor, and one counted at least 30 stars with a 4-inch.  According to many sources this is one of the oldest galactic clusters.  

This cluster is very close to polaris and can be seen by northern hemisphere observers all year round, however, it seems to be seldom observed by many amateurs.  RI