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(IAAC) OBJECT: M53 (globular cluster) INST: 18" f/4.2 Newt. LM=4.6



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 2/9/99 09:00GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.6(estimated) zenith 
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): about 4
Moon up (phase?): Yes, last quarter
Weather: Mostly Clear-few cirrus
Instrument: 18" Stabilite Newt f/4.2 1925mm fl
Magnifications: 71x, (single)  128x,202x - binoviewer
Filters used: none
Object: M53
Constellation: Coma
Object data: Globular Cluster
Size(s): 13'
Position: 13:13 +18:10
Magnitude: 7.7
Personal 'Rating' (at this aperture and sky condition): A-
M53 was only partially resolved, and much less impressive than 
a quick look at M13 this morning at low power, but begins to become
quite impressive as you turn up the magnification. Stars just about
resolved to the core, with one particularly bright star on the NE side
of the cluster just out from the core area, enhancing the 3-D look
through the binoviewer. Noticeably smaller than M13 and M3. 
thanks! 
-Todd
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
toddg@weatherman.com
http://www.weatherman.com
(617)725-0777
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