M34 = NGC1039 ( 2h 42.0m +42°47´, 5.2 mag. )
This open cluster in Perseus was first noticed by Messier on Aug. 25, 1764. 1,500 ly distant, it is 18 ly across and contains approx. 80 stars. M34 is visible in binoculars about 5° NWW of Algol (b Persei - see-finder chart below).
The above image represents autoguided 20 min. exposure on Ektachrome P1600 slide film taken on Oct.26, 1998 through Ultima 8 f6.3 from Sooke, BC.
North is up.
Map created in Guide 7.0 - 7°45' x 12°. North is up.
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