NGC 1981 well placed for observation

2013 Dec 14

The open star cluster NGC 1981 in Orion’s sword will be well placed for observation, culminating at around midnight local time.

At magnitude 4.6, NGC1981 is too faint to be seen with the naked eye from any but the very darkest sites, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

At a declination of -04°25′ , it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 65°N and 74°S.