Time: 9:40 PM ADT
Instrument: 10" Meade SCT, 40 mm Plössl
Transparency: Excellent (1)
Seeing: Excellent (1)
Temperature: 4º C
No wind or clouds.
Jerry and I were looking for Messier objects - me to visually observe (outside), him to image (mostly inside). Gemini held its high position above our trees to the W-SW.
Located Tejat then slewed northerly and lower towards the horizon just a little. It's a beautiful cluster with lots of stars. I began my sketch with the two bright central stars. There was a curved line of 5 stars to the east of them. Seven stars that went SW then 2 stars to the west looked like a hockey stick with a super huge blade. Didn’t notice nor look for the adjacent NGC 2158.
NOTE #1: I first viewed this cluster on May 5, 2018 at 10:10 PM at SCO with binoculars. It looked like a fuzzy circle when viewed with averted vision. I could detect 4 bright stars.
NOTE #2: Had another look on April 2, 2022 where I may have also seen NGC 2158 nearby.
Jerry and I were again looking for Messier objects - me to visually observe, him to image.