Messier Objects

M80: Globular Star Cluster (Scorpius) RA: 16h 17.0m / DEC: -22° 58'.5
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M80 in Scorpius is often overlooked in favor of the impressive M4. Both are in the vicinity of Antares but M4 is over twice as large. M80, located 4.4 degrees northwest of Antares, features a 2' diameter central core within a softly glowing shell. The globular covers an area 8' across at 129X in the 10-inch. A handful of 13th magnitude members are resolved. The three brightest field stars range from 8th to 10th magnitude.

M79 M81 & M82


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