|Palomar 8: Globular Star Cluster (Sagittarius) RA: 18h 41.5m / DEC: -19° 49'.6|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
If the Palomar globular clusters have a reputation as difficult objects, it is not because of this guy. Palomar 8 is an easy detection in my 10-inch. The sketch at left presents its appearance at 190X. The globular is centered, its 10.9 magnitude glow spread across a 5' diameter area. The southeast portion seems a tad brighter to my eye. A close pair of 10th magnitude stars stand 7'.5 to the west near the field boundary. These serve as markers for Pal 8's location. With its brightest members being dim 15.4 magnitude embers, none are resolved in my 10-inch Starfinder. However, several foreground stars are strewn across the face of the cluster. Thirty-three stars, in all, dot the field. If you have access to reasonably dark skies, give this one a visit. You'll find Palomar 8 about 4 degrees west-northwest of 3.5 magnitude Xi2 Sagittarri.
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