Messier M53


Object Information
Messier object: M53
NGC (New General Catalog) number: NGC 5024
Discription: Globular Cluster
Located in constellation: Coma Berenices
Right ascension in hours minutes: 13:12.9
Declination in degrees minutes: 18:10
Visual magnitude: 7.6
Size: 12.6 arc minutes
Image size: 55.23 arc minutes high by 40.98 arc minutes wide
Image orientation: North is top, East is left
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Observing Log
Date of observation: February 20, 1999
Time at end of first CCD image 01:48 PST
Time at end of last CCD image 02:04 PST
Observing Location: At home on the drive way
Observation of object: M53 is a irregular round globular cluster with some stars resolved to half way to the center and it has a bright irregular core.
Sky Conditions
Sky transparency: 5.5 (Magnitude of the faintest star visible with the unaided eye in Ursa Minor)
Moon set at 22:02 PST on February 19, 1999
Astronomical twilight ends in the evening at 19:22 PST on February 19, 1999
Astronomical twilight starts in morning at 5:24 PST on February 20, 1999
Observing Equipment
80 mm aperture refractor telescope and CCD Cookbook Camera
CCD image time: 8 - 120 seconds images added together
CCD dark calibration frames: 16 - 120 seconds dark frames

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