Re: (IAAC) OBJECT: NGC2419 (globular) INST: 7" NEWT f/5.4 (dob)

>Observer:  Todd Gross
>Your skill:  Intermediate
>Date and UT of observation: 10/30/98 09:07 GMT
>Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
>Site classification: Suburban
>Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.4(measured) zenith  5.4 in vicinity of object
>Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):   5
>Moon up (phase?): No
>Weather: Clear, near maximum transparency
>Instrument: 7" Newt-Dob   f.l. 960  f5.4
>Magnifications: 128x(binovue), 35x
>Filters used: none
>Object: NGC2419
>Constellation: Lynx
>Object data: Globular Cluster
>Size(s): 2'
>Position: 7h 38m  38d 53m
>Magnitude: 10.3
>Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  D
>This skunked me for two days prior, but with better transparency, and
>a limiting mag. of between 5.3 and 5.4, I was able to clearly make it out
>at 35x. FORTUNATELY there is a carbon red-star in the same field of view, and
>three pointer stars in an arc that point right to this globular, so I was
>able to find it over and over again once I realized this. Best magnification
>is around 100x, I think. It still appears like a round, unresolved ball,
>with averted vision it did seem a little extended, in one direction, but
>be sure. It was gradually brighter towards the center, and could easily be
>mistaken for a galaxy. This globular is one of the furthest out in the Milky
>Way, fun to find on a star hop at this aperture, but not much to look at.
>Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
Ah, the old Intergalactic Wanderer, AKA the Intergalactic Tramp!
Dave Mitsky