Messier Objects

M71: Globular Star Cluster (Sagitta) RA: 19h 53.8m / DEC: +18° 46'.7
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M71 roughly splits the distance between 3.5 magnitude Gamma and 3.7 magnitude Delta Sagittae. It's moderately bright as globular clusters go, shining at 8.4 magnitude. My sketch records the view at 129X in the 10-inch Starfinder Newtonian. M71 appears circular, roughly 6' in diameter. Few stars are resolved but the central 4' is discernibly brighter. The brightest foreground stars are 10th magnitude. 65 field stars are captured to render the context of the view.

M70 M72


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