(IAAC) Obj: M53=NGC 5024 - Inst: 4.5" f/8 Newtonian on equatorial mount


Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 5/17/1998  22.15 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 8 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 4.5" f/8 Newtonian on equatorial mount
Magnification: 36X, 151X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M53=NGC 5024
Category: Globular cluster.
Constellation: com
Data: mag 7.7  size 12'
Position: RA :  DEC :
This globular cluster was an easy target at 36X and appeared round and evenly

At 151X M53 appeared distinctly grainy hinting at, but not actually resolved
into stars. The center of the cluster was much brighter than the edges.
M53 is quite large at 151X and took up most of the field of view at this

NGC 5053 wich should be in the same field as M53 was not seen in my 4.5"

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