Globular Cluster in Sculptor
NGC 288 (Melotte 3) is an old, low density (class X) globular cluster not far from the south galactic pole. Less than 2° to the northwest is the famous bright galaxy NGC 253. The visual magnitude of this cluster is 9.4. Stars are visible across the front of this globular and I suspect some are foreground stars and not members of the globular. The view was pleasing and improved over the hour I spent observing and sketching this globular cluster. This target is 28,700 light years distant. At R.A. 00 hrs. 53min. and Dec. -26° 35’ this cluster is not a good one for light polluted skies back home in Chicagoland. Here in the dry night air of Arizona the transparency makes this a fine target.
Time: 10:35 pm – 11:35 pm local time October 16, 2014
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Telescope: 10” f/4.5 Orion Newtonian with a 13mm Hyperion eyepiece for 88 x
White sketching paper 8.5” x 12”, graphite pencils 6B, 4B, 2B, blending stumps
Sketch inverted after scanning.