|Fixed star: CAPULUS|
|Constellation: M34 Perseus|
|Longitude 1900: 22TAU48||Longitude 2000: 24TAU12|
|Declination 1900: +56.41'||Declination 2000: +57.09'|
|Right ascension: 02h 18m||Latitude: +40.22'|
|Spectral class: C||Magnitude: 4.4|
M34 Perseus, Capulus, is a star cluster in the sword hand of the Champion.
M34 (NGC1039) is a fine open cluster scattered over 35' arc minutes, more than the diameter of the full Moon. It contains about 60 stars, about 10 bright stars are noticeable with lots of faint stars as a background through binoculars.
Perseus. As a young man Perseus undertook a mission to kill the Medusa. He was furnished with the sword, cap and wings of Mercury and the shield of Minerva. He killed the Medusa by cutting off her head and afterwards killed the sea monster Cetus and then rescued and married Andromeda. Perseus founded a city, having dropped his cap or found a mushroom (both named myces) at Mycenae. [Robson*, p.56.]Zeus visited Danae in the form of a shower of gold and got her pregnant with
*, p.56.]According to Ptolemy, Perseus is like Jupiter and Saturn. It is said to give an intelligent, strong, bold and adventurous nature, but a tendency to lying. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Lamed and the 12th Tarot Trump "The Hanged Man." [Robson
The constellation is indicative of events effecting large numbers of people, especially those events caused by major meteorological phenomena. When prominent in a natal chart it is said to denote adventurous individuals, but also those who are less than honest in their dealings with others. [Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.14.]
It causes blindness or defective eyesight (all clusters of stars or nebula have this effect). [Robson*, p.154.]