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(IAAC) Object: M53 - Instrument: 7x50 binos



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-2-9/10, 08:25 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: suburban
Limiting magnitude: 5.0 (zenith) 4.7 (near object)
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm binos
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M53
Category: Globular cluster
Constellation: Her
Data: mag 6.5  size 11'
RA/Dec: 17h17m   43o08'
Description:
This object is readily found close by and NE of Alpha Com,
below a pretty rectangle of mag 7 stars whose long sides
are oriented NW-SE. M53 was steadily seen less than 1o S
of the NW corner of this rectangle. The little globular
required averted vision, and seemed of uniform dimness.
(See M13 "yardstick" observation for this same night).