Messier 79

79 final

Object:   M79 (NGC 1904) Date:               2019 February 3
Type:              Globular cluster
Constellation:           Lepus Time & altitude:          20.25 UT   14º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                5h 24m Transparency (5 high):                   4/5
            Dec:                -24º 33 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1  Dob.
            Magnitude     8 Eyepiece       8mm Ethos                x260
            Size (mins)    9 Filters:            None


Observed at culmination. This was an unexpectedly pleasing view for something with such a southerly declination.  The cluster is round and even. At x120 it looked grainy, promising resolution at higher magnification but the view was no different at x260. Many very faint outlying stars were visible around the periphery. The core is broadly illuminated and lacks a central condensation.