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(IAAC) Obj: VDBHA176 - Inst: 20" f5 dobsonian



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Observer: Andrew Murrell
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 
Location of site: Ilford NSW Australia (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 20" f5 dobsonian
Magnification: 160.700
Filter(s): none
Object(s): VDBHA176
Category: Globular cluster.
Class: 
Constellation: Nor
Data: mag 14.0  size ?
Position: RA 15:39.07  DEC -50:03.02
Description:
VDBHA176 is a large very low surface brightness globular cluster. It is 6' across
and has a slight brightening toward the middle. The sky here is very busy so the
cluster is difficult to pick from the background. Numerous 13-14th magnitude
stars are scattered about the face of the cluster. High power did not resolve 
the cluster. The cluster could easily be overlooked as a general sky glow about
a grouping of stars. Again a photo taken of the ESO schmidt allowed me to identify
the cluster correctly. Megastar lists the object as an open cluster and is positioned
about 20" east of the correct position
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