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    Default 10 Globular Clusters for small Binoculars



    Hello friends of binocular astronomy,

    this season is a good start to train the eyes on globular clusters.

    Here is a selection of the globulars, easy to fix and enjoy with small binoculars 7x35 up to 10x50. Trained people with young eyes can fix most of them under excellent skies with unaided eyes.

    M3 in Canes Venatici: this is the cluster I start with as a rule. Easy to find between Cor Caroli (CVn) and Arcturus (Boo).
    M5 in Serpens Caput. Challenging to find the first time, but a rewarding cluster close to a bright star.
    M10 and M12 in Ophiucus form the best globular cluster pair for any wide field bino.
    M4 in Scorpius is one of my favourite cluster, even if low above my horizon.
    M22 in Sagittarius is another object, bright even under the light polluted skies.
    M2 in Aquarius may become difficult to fix the first time, as there are not many stars to hop in. However, you should not mis it.
    M15 in Pegasus is remarkably bright. It is sitting between two stars, like the M13.
    M13 in Hercules, the Hercules Cluster, is easy even with opera glasses.
    M92 in Hercules is another celestial wonder in Hercules.

    All of them can be seen during one night April through September (excluding the end of June at the mid-north lattitudes). The ordering as above shows my typical navigation when hunting the globular clusters.

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    Thanks for the post. That will be fun to attempt.
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    Looks like a fun search, I will have to try that if I ever get some clear skies.
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    Subscribed. Sounds like a good tour for binos or my small scope.
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    Great list. I started with the easier targets last night. I got M13 and M92 with my binoculars. M13 looked great with my 90 Megrez and 17mm T4. I had to pack things up before seeing M92 with my scope but it looks like clear skies for the next few nights, so I'm optimistic.
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    great post thanks for sharing it!

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    I tried for M3, M5 and M10 and might have seen M5, but definitely found M10. Just add it to my short but growing list.
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    I got M92 and M5 last night with both binoculars and telescope. I tried for M3 but didn't find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markan View Post
    I got M92 and M5 last night with both binoculars and telescope. I tried for M3 but didn't find it.
    Hello Markan,

    good catch, finding M5 is not so easy.

    The M3 is small but pretty bright in bino. Follow the line from Cor Caroli in Canes Venatici down to Arcturus in Bootes. It is approximately at the middle.

    Wishing you much fun with hunting the globulars

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    I found M3 last night with both binoculars and my Megrez. I don't have a finder on my telescope but I was able to star hop from Arcturus by going back and forth between my binoculars and telescope. Next opportunity will be M4, M10 and M12.
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