NGC/IC Objects

Palomar 2: Globular Star Cluster (Auriga) RA: 04h 46.1m / DEC: +31° 22'.9
Instrument: 18-inch Obsession

The sketch at left presents Palomar 2 as it appears in the 18-inch at 199X. At 90,000 light-years from Earth, Palomar 2 appears small and hazy. This 13th magnitude globular covers a 2' diameter area with a pair of 13th magnitude stars along the eastern edge. It's a good visual challenge for a 12- to 14-inch telescope. The brightest members shine at almost 19th magnitude, which explains the fact that none are resolved in the Obsession. More typically, Pal 2 members dimly glow at 21st magnitude. Some 33 stars frame the view of this distant globular. You'll find Palomar 2 40 arcminutes west of 5.6 magnitude HD 30454 in far southwest Auriga.

Markarian's Chain Palomar 4


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