Messier Objects

M69: Globular Star Cluster (Sagittarius) RA: 18h 31.4m / DEC: -32° 20'.9
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M69 is one of three globular clusters in the Messier catalog you will find along the base of the Teapot asterism in Sagittarius. It is located 2.5 degrees northeast of 1.8 magnitude Epsilon Sagittarii. This 7.7 magnitude globular cluster appears 4' across at 129X in my 10-inch Newtonian. M69 features a bright, irregular core with a smattering of 13th magnitude stars visible across the face. 21 field stars have been added to the sketch at left, including 8.0 magnitude HD 170500 near the northwest edge of the cluster.

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