Marvel at Melotte 111
Difficulty level: Beginner
It’s fair to say that many of spring’s finest celestial splendours need a good telescope to see them in their glory, or at all. But there’s one conspicuous exception to this rule – the beautiful grouping of stars classified as Melotte 111. From most sites free from the harshest levels of light pollution this stellar gathering is easily visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Coma Berenices, nestled between the bright stars of Leo and Boötes to the east. Melotte 111 is a superb target for binoculars with their very wide fields of view; it’s a particularly dazzling sight in a good pair of 10x50s or 15x70s from a dark-sky site, with the glittering stars sparkling away against the inky black. It’s a wonderful thing to set eyes on and proof that you don’t always need a huge, expensive telescope to enjoy some of the night sky’s real treasures.
Melotte 111 contains about 50 stars spread over 6 degrees of sky