Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


Our next target is an attractive cluster that lies 5.4° west of magnitude 3.0 Epsilon (ε) Aurigae. Because of the brightness differences between two groups of stars in this object, NGC 1582 presents, in effect, two “clusters” superimposed. You will need a 10-inch or larger telescope to see what I mean. The first cluster contains 10 stars brighter than 10th-magnitude. The luminary of this group, magnitude 8.6 SAO 39578, sits near the eastern edge. The other cluster contains several dozen fainter stars that fill in the gaps left by the first cluster.


Open Cluster Globular Cluster Star Cluster Bright Star Large Telescope 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MilwaukeeUSA

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