M34 (NGC 1039)
Object Type: Open Cluster
RA: 2h 42m 4s
Dec: +42° 45' 42"
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm
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M34 is a degree NE of the mid-point of a line joining β Persei (Algol) to γAndromedae (Almaak). It is visible to the naked eye under ideal sky conditions
What You Should See:
This is a superb cluster for binoculars of any size, showing a dozen or more stars in a 10×50. When you observe in this region, you could also ascertain the magnitude of the β Per, one of the more famous variable stars; it is an eclipsing binary star. The name Algol comes from the Arabic Ras al Ghul, the Demon's Head. The ghoul or demon in question is Medusa.
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