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Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 330
Type Open Cluster 
Position  00 56 18, -72 27 47
Constellation Tucana
Camera and Telescope STXL16200 and 36.8cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details LHaRGB exposure with Astrodon series 2 filters.  Luminance = 100 minutes (unbinned) , Red = Green = Blue = 50 minutes (binned 2x2), Hydrogen Alpha = 280 minutes (binned 2x2)

Although it looks like a globular,  NGC 330 is an open cluster in the SMC. It was discovered by Dunlop in 1826 and is a very easy telescopic object. It's about 1' across and about 182.6 thousand light years distant. NGC 330 is located about 20' to the SSW of NGC 346, the most prominent star forming region in the SMC. The tiny cluster on the left-hand edge is NGC 416