Hercules Globular Cluster

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General Info

TypeGlobular Cluster
ConstellationHercules
Right ascension16h41'41.400''
Declination+36°28'36''
Magnitude5.800
Distance22,800ly
Size16.600 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC6205, M13
Discovered 1714 Edmond Halley

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Hercules Globular Cluster

Celestron Omni XLT 150
30 points

Tracked it for some time, lost it in the clouds, found it again after clouds passed some 10 minutes later. Appeared to be a large faint smudge. Was easier to see with averted vision.

Hercules Globular Cluster

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
30 points

I got an email from Rick saying he would be at the observatory tonight for an occultation, so I thought I'd head over with the scope for a chance to do some astrophotography and observing.

I set up the scope in the front "yard" of the dome and took a quick look at m13. Impressive as always, this was my first observation this year.

Huge globular cluster with hundreds of resolvable stars, there are even asterisms within the cluster itself that are visible.

I had searched for this previously with no luck, so I was surprised at how easily I located it this time, especially on such a bright night. It looked like a perfect fuzzy ball, it reminded me of a dandelion. I could not resolve any individual stars this time, but will try again on a darker night.

Hercules Globular Cluster

Opticron Imagic TGA WP 10x50
30 points

Went out last night during the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower. The main purpose was of course to watch and try to photograph the Lyrids, but I brought my binoculars as well, just in case. Scanned Hercules and it didn't take long to find M13. Of course not as impressive through binos as through a scope, but still nice to spot it again.

Hercules Globular Cluster

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ
30 points

Giant glob of stars! Stars here and there and everywhere! Wasn't the greatest night to view the sky but I got to see the a great cluster.

March 20, 2015, 5:39 a.m.

Despite being one of the best Globulars in the sky, I always have trouble with this one. I think Hercules is just too ambiguous of a constellation. He's large and dim and just hard to piece together.

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