as of 10/18/2019 9:33 a.m.
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|Size||16.200 arc min|
|Catalog Designations||NGC5272, M3|
|Discovered||1764 Charles Messier|
The following form will generate a PDF finder chart suitable for printing using to locate objects in the sky with your telescope!
The Date is only really useful for solar system objects, as deep space objects move measurably only on a galactic timescale.
The larger the F.O.V (field of view), the more "zoomed out" the object will appear. It can be helpful to print several charts of the same object with different field of views.
Limiting the magnitude (remember, lower magnitude means brighter!) of stars and objects can make sure your chart is not cluttered with dim objects that you may not be visible to you anyway. The defaults are good, but try experimenting with raising and lowering the values.
During a break from meteor spotting, I decided to try to find a couple of DSO's I've never seen before. First off was M3, took a little while to find it. Moved the binos too fast and missed it a few times while star hopping. A few more tries and I nailed it. Will revisit with a telesccope later of course.
Absolutely stunning globular cluster. This one was a bit hard to find despite it's size and magnitude. There are not many reference stars surrounding it. Once I found it, I observed it for many minutes. I saw ~50 resolveable stars with many being very bright. This will be one of my go-to objects for the rest of it's season.
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