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2006 Feb 28, Die Boord, 11x80 binoculars.
Grouping involving HD 101162, found while searching for Tim's dark nebula.
One degree south-west of lambda Mus lies 6th mag HD 101162 [11h37m48s -67°37'13'']. Spreading out north- and westward is a fanshaped scattering of stars, magnitudes ranging from 9 to 10.5. The triangular grouping, about 8' across, is quite prominent and takes on a nebulous appearance at a casual glance, appearing to spray outward from the bright primary. At least six stars could be made out under present conditions. After the observing session, I looked up the area in the Digitized Sky Survey; see figure 3.
Figure 3. A DSS image of an 18x18 arcmin area in Musca, showing the 6th mag star HD 101162 at lower left. The brighter stars, scattered in a triangular region north- and eastward, make up a fine if faint display in binoculars. North is up, east to the left. Image © 1994, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.
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