(IAAC) Obj: M53 - Inst: 18" f/4.5 Dob

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Lew Gramer <owner-netastrocatalog@atmob.org>
Observer: Greg Crinklaw
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: April 2000
Location of site: Cloudcroft, NM, USA (8750 ft)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: excellent transparency
Seeing: poor to fair seeing
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 18" f/4.5 Dob
Magnification: 82x, 425x
Filter(s): None.
Object(s): M53
Category: Globular cluster.
Class: V
Constellation: Com
Data: mag 7.7 13.8m*; size 12.6 irregular
Position: 13:12:55 +18:10:12
I'm glad I looked at NGC 5053 first because it set the stage well.
It's been a few months since I last observed a good bright globular. I
suppose that was M15. Anyhow, here's what I wrote: "Beautiful!
Somewhat asymmetrical for a globular, with a tight core that is
resolved when the seeing is good. It is absolutely wondrous in my
4.8mm Nagler (425x), filling the field with myriad, tiny points of
light." [See previous log of N5053 and following log of N5466.]
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