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(IAAC) Obj: M2 - Inst: 7x50 binoculars



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-07-10/11, 04:05 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.5 (zenith), 4.9 (in S)
Seeing: 5 of 10 - mediocre
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm Simmons binoculars
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M2
Category: Globular cluster
Constellation: Aqr
Data: mag 6.5  size 13'
RA/DE: 21h34m  -00o50m
Description:
An easy sweep about 1.5 binocular fields (6o) SW of the "Y" or
Water Jar in Aqr, past the bright star alpha Aqr (Sadalmelik).
M2 could be seen as a subtle, loose grey spot in an otherwise
near-empty field. A pretty pair of white mag 7 stars about 1o
NNE of M2, separated by about 30', point almost directly at it.