M5

Observed:  Points: 30

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as of 01/22/2022 2:33 p.m.

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General Info

TypeGlobular Cluster
ConstellationSerpens Caput
Right ascension15h18'33.700''
Declination+2°5'58''
Magnitude5.600
Distance24,500ly
Size17.400 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC5904, M5
Discovered 1702 Gottfried Kirch

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M5

Celestron 127eq
30 points

This one took a bit longer to find than M3. The notes I'd prepared weren't very helpful so I ended up doing some crazy starhopping using the Star Tracker app on my phone. But hey, it worked! Bright globular, too dense to resolve.

M5

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
0 points

While in the area, I couldn't help but take another look at mighty M5. This is one of the most beautiful globular clusters I have ever seen. It's bright enough to accept the small 9mm eyepiece which brings out a plethora of stars without losing much to the FOV.

M5

Opticron Imagic TGA WP 10x50
30 points

Another Messier object that I've never observed before. Surprisingly easy to find with the binos, but I will go back to have a look at it again through a scope.

M5

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
30 points

Another brilliant globular. In the wide field, there appeared to be 2 areas of greater luminosity: the main globular as well as some smaller object to the side. Once I plopped in the high power eyepiece, I was able to see that the second area of luminosity was just concentrated brighter stars. This globular has a large number of resolvable stars, mostly concentrated around the edges. Not the easiest to find due to the lack of many very bright stars in the vicinity.

M5

15x70 binoculars
30 points

Small bright smudge near Serpens Sailboat asterism

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