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(IAAC) Obj: M4 - Inst: 3.5 inch bushnell 700mm relector telescope



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Observation Poster: Mark Wilson <mwilson@strato.net>
Observer: Mark Wilson
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 945pm EST
Location of site: Lehigh Acres FL,  SW Florida (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 6 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 3.5 inch bushnell 700mm relector telescope
Magnification: 10x, 52x,
Filter(s): LPR
Object(s): M4
Category: Globular cluster.
Class: 
Constellation: sco
Data: mag 5.9  size 26.3'
Position: RA 16:23.35  DEC 26:31.44
Description:
Being in the middle of rainy season here in Florida, this was a suprise to see tonight.  It was sitting very well tonight in my southern sky, close to mars.  I was tired of straining to see mars so I started scanning the sky around there and stumbled upon a hazy area.  It turned out to me M4.  I could almost make out 3 different distinct light sources coming from it, but could not get close enough and keep good light to see it well.  It was spread out, I would say with my little experience in stargazing that M4 is the largest Globular cluster I have been able to find so far, and it was by accident :)
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