(IAAC) Obj: M69 - Inst: 9x63 binoculars

Observation Poster: Stéphane Meloche <stephanemeloche@videotron.ca>
Observer: Stéphane Meloche
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 2004/08/21 23h18 EST
Location of site: Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley, Qc, Canada (Lat 45.2083° N, Elev 343 m)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.9 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing:  <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 9x63 binoculars
Object(s): M69
Category: Globular cluster.
Class: V
Constellation: Sgr
Data: mag 7.7  size 7.1'
Position: RA 18:31  DEC -32:21
In Sagittarius, at ~2½° W of Kaus Australis. I have little difficulties of locating this globular cluster. It rather pale, is located at only 10° above the horizon. Very close to M69 a star is, with the position 2 hours, which is actually SAO 210259 (magv = 8,0). The diameter of this globular cluster is rather low and no concentration particular to the center. The averted vision modifies little the object, which seems round and well condensed.
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