(IAAC) Obj: M56 - Inst: 7x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-07-4/5, 03:35 UT
Location: Savoy, MA, USA (42N, elev 700m)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.1 (zenith)
Seeing: 5 of 10 - mediocre, increasing cumulus
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm Simmons binoculars
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M56
Category: Globular cluster
Constellation: Lyr
Data: mag 8.4  size 7'
RA/DE: 19h17m  +30o11m
Roughly pointed to by, and just 1.5 binoc fields SW of,
the bright base stars of Lyra (beta and gamma), M56 was
a tiny, surprisingly bright dot of light in 7x50s, with
just a hint of surrounding haze and no other features.