Object name: NGC7261
Designation(s): NGC7261, PNG104+01.0,
NGC 7261 is an open cluster in southern Cepheus located about 5500 light-years away according to WEBDA. They place its age at only 47 million years making it a rather young open cluster. So why are the stars only sort of blue? A cluster that young should be full of very blue stars. The reason is it is reddened by nearly a full magnitude by dust in our galaxy that lies between us and the cluster. The cluster is ill-defined, especially at my image scale. I reduced the scale to 1.5" per pixel and it is still rather hard to define. The pros seem to have a problem as well as I found 5', 6', 8' and 10 to 15 minutes for its size. NGC project classifies it as Trumpler class II3m while Seligman says III1p. It was discovered by John Herschel on October 5, 1829.