(IAAC) Obj: NGC 5053 - Inst: 8" Newtonian F5

Observer: Kim Gowney
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 24 Apr 2001   23:55 UT
Location of site: UK  South West Wales (Lat 51.78 N, Elev 70 Mtr)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" Newtonian  F5
Magnification: 100x 200x
Object(s): NGC 5053
Category: Globular cluster.
Constellation: Com
Data: mag 9.8  size 8.9
Position: RA 13:16  DEC +17:41
Although I had seen M53 a time or 2 before I hadn't tried this neighbor, it
took me nearly ten minutes to find it!! mainly because I didn't know what
to expect I think, I thought I would see something like a smaller version
of messiers Globulars, when I did eventually see it I was very suprised, it
is very large but also very faint despite it's 9.8 mag listing, it has a
very low surface brightness meaning that it appeared as just a faint mist
in its position.
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