Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington
The Hyades span about 6 degrees of sky due to them being one of the nearest
open clusters , being a mere 150 light years away.
Telescopes will show sparce, uninspiring sprinkles of stars, whereas binoculars reveal a big field full of interesting objects.
Facts about Hyades by Keith Turnecliff
Although new observers often assume telescopes offer the best views of the
night sky, a number of objects actually look better in ordinary binoculars.
The Hyades is one of those examples.
This star chart represents a view from Long Itchington for mid-December at 10pm.
Credits: Image courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 8, researched and implemented by Keith Turnecliff.