Location: St. Croix Observatory (SCO)
Time: 10:37 PM ADT
S&T Reference: 45
Instrument: 10" Meade SCT*, 30 mm Spears-Waler
Transparency: Very Good (4)
Seeing: Very Good (4)
* At this time, the SCT was not on a motorized mount. We jokingly referred to it as the "push-to SCT."
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Searching through the night skies with our SCT. Looked specifically for Coma Berenices then pushed to α Com and M53 just up from it at about 11 o'clock.
It is fairly bright and condensed, but a few bright stars were seen with averted vision. These stars seemed to provide a bright centre as opposed to the consistent brightness across the globular cluster.