M12

Observed:  Points: 20

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as of 10/18/2019 9:42 a.m.

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General Info

TypeGlobular Cluster
ConstellationOphiuchus
Right ascension16h47'14.400''
Declination-1°57'52''
Magnitude6.700
Distance16,000ly
Size14.500 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC6218, M12
Discovered 1764 Charles Messier

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M12

Orion XT8
20 points

Very close to M10. Hard to find without a 9x50 finderscope. good looking globular cluster.

M12

4.5in starblast
20 points

Wow, this globular is thoroughly unimpressive, almost exactly like M10.

M12

Celestron 127eq
20 points

Had to stop and take a break to reapply mosquito repellent, then resumed my search for this pair located in Ophiuchus. I managed to pass right over the dimmer M12 when I found M10, which caused some confusion, but I eventually got it figured out. Very pretty, yet another reason to invest in binocs, I'd love to see them both at the same time.

M12

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
20 points

By now things have started to get dewey. It's still warm out and the skies are still clear, so observation will continue on.

This is a very large globular cluster just north of M10. It doesn't have many surrounding resolvable stars as it's companion, but it makes up for that in sheer angular size. Nice bright spot in the sky.

M12

15x70 binoculars
20 points

Small bright smudge, larger than M5

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