Herschel 400 Objects

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 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. 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. The brightest stars in the cluster tip the scales at 12.6 magnitude, with the typical member shining at about 15th magnitude. The nearest bright star is 4.3 magnitude Alpha Sculptoris, 3 degrees to the south-southeast. NGC 253 resides about 2 degrees to the northwest. Ten additional field stars frame the view.

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