Dolidze 27 -- Open Cluster in Ophiuchus
Success with Failure
More often than not I fail to find the object I am looking for. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
I often push the limits of my optics (telescopes and my aged eyes) to the breaking point. The
large faint nebula Sh-2-27 in Ophiuchus proved beyond the reach of the small refractor even
though it was an excellent night and I used a nebula filter. I am not sure that this nebula is
visually reachable in even larger telescopes, but it is a fine photographic deep sky object. It
was worth a try.
Although, I failed to see Sh-2-27, the Open Cluster Dolidze 27 resides at the nebula’s western
edge. Dolidze 27 is not rich in stars, but it was easy to see and stood out in the eyepiece. I
made a quick drawing and claimed success.