(IAAC) M71 20 inch Dob-Newtonian
Date and UT of observation:22 September 1997 00.00
Location & latitude:near Ayr South West Scotland lat 55 24'56"
Site classification:bright rural
Limiting magnitude (visual):6 (zenith) 4 at altitude 11 degree of nebula
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst):3
Moon up (phase?):no
Instrument:20" f4.4 Dobsonian
Category:Globular cluster (diffuse)
Object data:mag 8.3 size 6'
RA/DE: RA 19 53.8' Dec 18 47'
Description: Despite its identification as a globular cluster and its
appearance in photographs,in the telescope M71 looks just like a compact
open cluster similar to the Wild Duck, M11, in Scutum. There is a mass of
small stars scattered over the obvious part of the cluster with a few
brighter stars including a reddish star. The obvious cluster is surrounded
by a broader diffuse unresolved halo, which possibly corresponds with the
halo of fainter stars surrounding the cluster in photographs.
This pleasant and interesting object is easy to find. It lies halfway along
and just below the line connecting the bright tip of the arrow, gamma
Sagitta to the middle star delta.
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Bonnyton House, Ayrshire,Scotland, UK. lat 55 24'56" N long 4 26' 00" W
Altitude 150 m.