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Two open clusters in Perseus, emission nebula NGC 1491, and barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512

December 3–10, 2015: Two open clusters in Perseus offer small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out emission nebula NGC 1491 in Perseus and barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512 in Horologium.
Perseus
To locate emission nebula NGC 1491, point your scope 1.1° north-northwest of Lambda (λ) Persei. A 10-inch telescope equipped with a nebula filter clearly shows NGC 1491’s bright fan shape.
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Targets for December 3–10, 2015

Small telescope: Open clusters NGC 1444 and NGC 1513 in Perseus
Large telescope: Emission nebula NGC 1491 in Perseus
Large telescope: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512 in Horologium

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