Waid Observatory

Object: NGC 1647
Nov. 29-30, 2018    -    Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: Stellarvue SV102ED   Mount: MI-250   Camera: ST-8300M
Exposure: L = 120 min - R = 85 min. - G = 65 min. - B = 75 min.
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NGC 1647


NGC 1647 - Open Cluster in Taurus the Bull 1

Discovered by William Herschel in 1784

NGC 1647 is an open cluster of stars approximately 1,800 light-years distant.  The cluster is located in the constellation of Taurus the Bull.  It has almost 90 member stars with an apparent magnitude of 6.4.  This is bright enough for relatively easy observation with the aid of binoculars under dark skies.  The age of the cluster is estimated to be about 150 million years.


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