NGC 1502


NGC 1502 is the finest object in Camelopardalis, a cluster of about 45 stars found by moving in a counter-clockwise manner around the pole star two full binocular fields from alpha and beta, in the same field as Struve 385: binoculars.

Bear in mind that as the constellation is circumpolar; you may have to turn the diagram to agree with what you see in the skies.

A strikingly attractive string of stars seems to flow into the star cluster. This string goes under the name ‘Kemble's Cascade’, named after Father Lucian Kemble, a Franciscan and amateur astronomer from Saskatchewan who contributed greatly to the art of astronomical observation. Father Luc, as he was affectionately known, died of a heart attack in the early hours of 21 February 1999. Kemble's Cascade will be a constant memorial to the man and his work.

NGC 1520 contains two fine Struve binaries (suitable, alas, only for small telescopes):
     The first of these binaries, Struve 484, has rather faint components: 9.0, 9.5; PA 132º, separation 5.4."
     The other is Struve 485, a fine binary of two seventh-magnitude stars at PA 304º and wider 18" separation. The binary is found on the edge of the cluster. A very fine sight.

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