Messier Objects

M54: Globular Star Cluster (Sagittarius) RA: 18h 55.0m / DEC: -30° 28'.7
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M54 is one of three Messier globular clusters dispersed along the base of the Teapot asterism in Sagittarius. M54 is located just 1.7 degree west-southwest of 2.6 magnitude Zeta Sagittarii. This small globular appears bright and condensed at 129X in the Starfinder 10-inch Newtonian. Its apparent diameter is about 5' and a peppering of stars are strewn across its face. Twenty-five field stars have been added to round out the sketch at left. Messiers 69 and 70 are also found in this region of Sagittarius.

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