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NGC 5466 Globular Cluster In Bootes – Observers Challenge Complete Report: Posted At The Bottom Of This Entry

July 10, 2013

On the night of June 11th, we had a cool front to come through.  The sky was great, especially for this time of the year in the foothills of western North Carolina.  Using a 10-inch reflector at 57x, globular cluster NGC 5466 was presented with very low surface brightness, and fairly dim.  It appeared mostly round, without any resolution of stars at the lower magnification.  There is a brighter mag. 7 star, located very close to the SW. This observation was made from my moderately light polluted backyard, with a NELM of about 5.2.  NGC 5466, does not appear as a typical globular, and is surprisingly dim, even with a 10-inch, however, from a dark site it would be much brighter.   The following sketch was made using a 5 x 8 note card, and a No. 2 pencil with the colors inverted using my scanner. 

NGC 5466 - Globular Cluster

When increasing the magnification to 104x, approximately fifteen faint stars could be counted using averted vision.  The cluster became a bit more irregular in shape, but the surface remained very even.  It is very easy to see the globular at both low and medium magnification.  It should be noted, however, that two nights earlier with much higher humidity, which reduced the transparency, NGC 5466 could not be seen at all.    Roger Ivester


When using the 10-inch, I could see NGC 5466, using a magnification of 104x, but with difficulty.  A few of the brighter members sparkled with averted vision.  The shape appeared mostly round and I did notice one brighter star very close to the cluster.  This globular seemed really dim to me, and again, fairly difficult.   Debbie Ivester

Complete report:  Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observers Challenge   JUNE 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5466