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(IAAC) Object: M5 - Instrument: Reflector 4.25" f/7.9



Observer: Bernhard Rems
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-06-24, 21:25 UT
Location: Vienna, Austria (48N)
Site classification: City
Limiting magnitude: ca. 4mag
Seeing: 3 - fair
Moon up: yes, second quarter
Instrument: Reflector 4.25" f/7.9
Magnification: 35x, 72x
Filters used: none
Object: M5
Category: Globular cluster
Constellation: Ser
Data: Diam.: 17.4' Mag.: 5.8 mag
RA/DE: 15h18m   02o05'
Description: From urban sites, M5 is hard to find due to the lack of 
bright stars around it. Once you have found M5, you'll see a faint smudge 
of light, clearly nonstellar and quite unimpressive. Shield yourself from 
straylight and the view will improve a little. There is no structure 
visible in the cluster. 72x will bringt out a faint star preceeding M5, 
and the view of the cluster itself is a little bit better than with 35x. 
When you have seen M5 under dark skies, you'll be disappointed - but from 
the city it is one of the better globulars that you can see.
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