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Re: (IAAC) Obj: M15 - Inst: 8" f/10 SCT



Lew,
I  quick suggestion.
I really appreciated your M2 entry as it indicated how to find the
object. If some pointers like that could be included in the postings, it
would really help beginers like me.
Clear Skies,
Atul Tandon
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Lew Gramer wrote:
> Observer: Lew Gramer
> Your skills: Intermediate
> Date and UT of Observation: 1997-09-22/23, 02:45 UT
> Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
> Site classification: urban
> Limiting magnitude: 5.3 (zenith), 4.5 (in S)
> Seeing: 2 of 10 - very good
> Moon up: no
> Instrument: 8" f/10 SCT
> Magnification: 80x, 170x, 340x, 500x
> Filters used: None
> Object: M15
> Category: Globular cluster
> Constellation: Peg
> Data: mag 6.3  size 12'
> RA/DE: 21h30m  +12o10m
> Description:
> A MUCH more enticing view than nearby M2 (see previous log entry
> for this night). Like the sparser cluster, M15 was an intriguing
> little "fuzz blob" at 80x, with similar apparent "psuedopods" of
> hazy light spreading off to NE, SE, and E. However, when viewed
> at highter magnifications (and seeing tonight allowed me to push
> this fine little SCT to its limits), MANY faint stellarings were
> suddenly apparent throughout the fuzzy area of M15's halo, and
> even into its bright core. Some 40 - 50 stars could be resolved
> using averted vision, with a particularly dense, pretty clustering
> of stars overlaid on the NE "pseudopod" that had been noted at
> lower powers. Certainly worth a look under even urban conditions
> with a well-collimated 6-8" scope!

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