(IAAC) Obj: M56 - Inst: 8" Newtonian F5
Observer: Kim Gowney
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 15 May 2001
Location of site: UK South West Wales (Lat 51 47 N, Elev 70 Mtr)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" Newtonian F5
Magnification: 100x 200x
Category: Globular cluster.
Data: mag 8.3 size 5.0'
Position: RA 19:16 DEC +30:11
At 100x just a few stars resolved, the cluster is a bright easy object but not
as spectacular as the best, like 3,53,5,92 for example, at 200X more stars were
resolved, The surrounding field though is quite spectacular with many stars in
the mag 10 range making for a sparkling view.
Oddly enough I had missed this cluster, being always drawn to the ring and forgetting it's more humble companion in Messiers list with which it shares the constellation of Lyra
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