(IAAC) Obj: M 69 - Inst: 120 mm KONUS refractor,f/8.33, eq. mount

Observer: Natko Bajic
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11. July 2001.
Location of site: Vinisce, near Split, Croatia (Lat
44.5, Elev 10 m)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 120 mm KONUS refractor, f/8.33, equatorial
Magnification: 40x, 100x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M 69
Category: Globular cluster
Class: V
Constellation: Sgr
Data: mag 7.64  size 7.1'
Position: RA 18h 31m  DEC -32 21'
Another globular between Ascella and Kaus Australis I
have observed that night, quite bright and mid-sized.
It reminds a lot to nearby M 70 in brightness, size
and light distribution; it is just a bit brighter. At
any power I didn't see any traces of individual stars,
not even the grainy texture. Averted vision helps in
observing this cluster just to see how it fades out
relatively slowly. Central brightening is weak, but
obviuos. There is a bright star near the cluster.
Sketch is available at the URL mentioned below.
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