Location: St. Croix Observatory (SCO)
Date: 2018-05-08
Time: 10:37 PM ADT
S&T Reference: 45
Instrument: 10" Meade SCT*, 30 mm Spears-Waler
Magnification: x83
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
Magnitude: 7.5
Distance: 59.7 kly
Size: 12.6'

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.


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