(IAAC) Obj: M70 - Inst: 9x63 binoculars

Observation Poster: Stéphane Meloche <stephanemeloche@videotron.ca>
Observer: Stéphane Meloche
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 2004/08/20 23h24 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): M70
Category: Globular cluster.
Class: V
Constellation: Sgr
Data: mag 8.1  size 7.8'
Position: RA 18:43  DEC -32:18
In Sagittarius, halfway between the stars Ascella and Kaus Australis. I can also locate it with a line made up of stars SAO 210312, 210344, 210384 and 210478 (magv = 5,3, 6,9, 7,3 and 7,8 respectively). Less glittering that its neighbor, M69, M70 are seen as a very small fuzzy spot whose center does not show particular characteristics. The averted vision gives a little more shining to this globular cluster but the whole remains of modest size. Also, at position 7 or 8 hours, I perceive a second nebulous object, not far from M70. After checking, it was a small chain of four stars, magnitude between 10,2 and 11,0.
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