|NGC 288: Globular Star Cluster (Sculptor) RA: 00h 52.8m / DEC: -26° 35'.4|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This is another of the fine southern sky objects which skirts the horizon for us North American observers, teasing us with just a hint of what might be. NGC 288 is a 8.1 magnitude globular star cluster in northern Sculptor. NGC 253 resides about 2 degrees to the northwest. The nearest bright star is 4.3 magnitude Alpha Sculptoris, 3 degrees to the south-southeast. My sketch captures the view in my 10-inch Newtonian at 63X. NGC 288 covers a 5' area with a pair of 13th magnitude GSC stars along the western edge. Ten additional field stars frame the view.
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