(IAAC) Obj: M 56 - Inst: 7x50 binoculars
Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-07-26/27, 03:30 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.7 (zenith)
Seeing: 7 (out of 10 highest) - good
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm Simmons binoculars
Filters used: None
Category: Globular cluster
Data: mag 8,4 size 7.1'
RA/DE: 19h17m +30o11m
Tough to spot in averted vision, in a near line with beta and
gamma Lyr and beta Cyg (Albireo), M56 is just about half the
distance from gamma Lyr to beta Cyg. Visible intermittently
only, about 0.5o SE of the RED mag 6 star HD180450 in Lyr.
No obvious brightening toward the middle, but I did suspect
some concentration in particularly (hand-)steady moments.