The Binocular Sky


M35 (NGC 2168)

Constellation: Gem
Object Type: Open Cluster
RA:  6h 9m 0s
Dec:  +24° 21' 0"
Magnitude: 5.1
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

Charts for 50mm Binocular (5° aperture circle).   Click on a chart to print it.


If you place η Geminorum at the SE edge of a 5° field, M35 will be in the centre.

What You Should See:

M35 is a superb open cluster of over 300 stars. It is about the same apparent size as the Moon. 15 or so stars are resolvable in 10×50 binoculars. Using averted vision if necessary, see if you can glimpse two other open clusters, NGC 2158, which is half a degree to the SE, and the slightly more difficult IC 2157, which is a degree to the ESE.