(IAAC) Object: M15 Instrument: 16" Dobnewt

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 7/5/97 0740 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban

Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.8 (estimated) 4.7(est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst):  3
Moon up (phase?): No
Instrument: 16" Dob, 96%, 99% coatings, Televue binoviewer
Magnifications:  232x, binoviewer (using 2 30mm Ultimas + 3.8x magnification
on barlow)
Filters used: none
Object: M15
Object data: Globular

This is yet another astounding view. Even as twilight commenced,
this tight globular was perfect in my suburban skies. Symetrically 
resolved, except in the very center where it was clearly "lumpy" with
unresolved stars touching each other. The super-dense core was strikingly
tighter than other globulars, yet resolution was significant except at the 
very center. In fact, the clump of unresolved central stars, resembled the 
shape of the letter "r", except inverted. (more like an L in my inverted view). 


- Todd
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