(IAAC) OBJECT: M2, Inst 16" Dob-newt
Observer: Todd Gross
Your skill: Intermediate
Date and UT of observation: 08/02/97 0600 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.9 (estimated) 4.0(est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 5
Moon up (phase?): No
Instrument: 16" Dob, 96%, 99% coatings
Magnifications: 94x, and 233x w. Televue Binoviewer
Object data: Globular
Did not spend enough time with this fabulous object.
It was moving closer to the horizon and into
the trees and light pollution.
However, even in light pollution, substantially resolved to pretty
pinpoints at 94x, and quite substantially resolved at 233x.
Very pretty red foreground star offset about 1/2 out from center.
Globular is quite classic looking and symetrical. Highly resolved
except for a broad, round, dense lumpy core.
BOSTON TV METEOROLOGIST TODD GROSS
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