(IAAC) Obj: M72 - Inst: 9x63 binoculars

Observation Poster: Stéphane Meloche <stephanemeloche@videotron.ca>
Observer: Stéphane Meloche
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 2004/02/22 2h40 EDT
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): M72
Category: Globular cluster.
Class: IX
Constellation: Aqr
Data: mag 9.4  size 5.9'
Position: RA 20:54  DEC -12:32
In Aquarius, at ~5½° NW of Theta Cap. Globular cluster of low brightness, forms an equilateral triangle with 2 stars whose M72 occupies the top. As M72 is slightly luminous, it can be confused with a not very brilliant star just near E of it (this star is, in fact, TYC 5765-1843-1). It is necessary to use the averted vision frequently for seeing well the culster, who have not brilliant center.
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