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(IAAC) Obj: M13; Inst: 16" Dob



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate +
Date and UT of observation:  1/26/97 (1/26/97 0900GMT)
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.3 (estimated),  4.3 (est)  in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst):  3
Moon up (phase?): Yes, 85% illuminated!
Instrument: f/4.59 16" Dob, focal length 1839mm, excellent optics, 96-99%
refl. coatings, 3.1" secondary
Magnification: 97x,175x
Filters used: none
Object:  M13, Hercules Cluster
Category:  Globular
Constellation: Hercules
Object data: 
RA/DE: 
Description: 
Although the moon was on the other side of the sky, it was nearly full. The
importance of this observation, is that even with a limiting magnitude of
around 4, large scopes, can greatly resolve Globulars.
At 175X Completely resolved except the background core, even in moonlit
skies.  Unlike in smaller apertures, I immediately noted a flattened side on
M13, keeping it from being symetrical, almost as if someone stepped on it.
In this vicinity, two projections of stars seemingly radiate outward like
pigtails. At least that is the impression it gives based on the grouping.
Also resolved at 95x, only partially any lower.
Thanks! - Todd
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