Messier 34 (Open Cluster) - Sketch

M34 open cluster sketch

object details: Messier 34 ; open cluster ; constellation: Perseus ;
magnitude: 5.5m ;  distance: 1.5kly .

Location and conditions: Britain Park, Israel. ~6.0 NELM, good seeing, high humidity.
Date: 26-27/08/2011 ; 03:31 (GMT + 3)
Instrument: Orion skyview pro 8" F/5 Newton. 31mm Hyperion eyepiece. 32x (2.2°)
Drawing details: Graphite pencil drawing on a white paper, made while observing with a telescope under red light. Sketch is North oriented.  Observer: Michael Vlasov.


M34 is a bright, loose open cluster, composed of several tens of stars. It looks at it's best with wide field eyepieces (2.2 apparent field of view in this case) or binoculars. The stars inside form several interesting double-star structures. M34 isn't particularly colourful object.

Original drawing:

M34 open cluster sketch - pencil