Messier III

Spiral galaxy M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy (arrowed) in Ursa Major. With (a) HIP 68932. Mar 13 2015, 2128 UT.

Benchmark planetary nebula M27, the Dumbbell, in Vulpecula. With (a) 17 Vul. Apr 22 2015, 0415 IST.

The magnificent M11, the Wild Duck open cluster, in Scutum. With (a) 12 Aql. Apr 22 2015, 0400 IST.

Superb globular cluster M5 in Serpens Caput. With (a) 6 Serpentis. June 9 2015, 0128 IST.

Impressive globular cluster M2 in Aquarius. With (a) HIP 106758. Aug 24 2015, 0003 IST.

Globular cluster M72 (blue arrow), open cluster M73 (red arrow) and famous planetary nebula NGC 7009, the Saturn nebula (circled), all in Aquarius. With (a) nu Aqr. Oct 7 2015, 2320 IST.

THIS BRINGS TO 104 THE NUMBER OF MESSIER OBJECTS IMAGED IN THESE PAGES. THE REMAINING SIX ALL LIE BELOW 30° SOUTH AND PRESENT SIGNIFICANT DIFFICULTY FROM OBSERVER’S LOCATION. THE FINAL FAR-SOUTHERLY FOUR CANNOT BE IMAGED WITH THE HERETOFORE-USED EQUIPMENT.

Open cluster M6, the Butterfly Cluster (red circle); declination -32.2°, magnitude 4.2. Open cluster M7, Ptolemy’s Cluster (blue circle); declination -34.8°, magnitude 3.3; a superb object from favoured latitudes. With (K) Kaus Australis (mag 1.8, dec -34.4) in Sagittarius.

CHAPTER V