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Globular star cluster M19

Globular star cluster M19 is in the constellation Ophiuchus (Oph).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):17h02.6m, Dec (δ):-26° 16'

Visual magnitude: 8,5m
Distance from the star clusters M19 to the Sun is 45000 light years
Angular size: 14'
Class: VIII
External dimensions the star clusters M19 are about 180 light years.
Estimated weight the star clusters: 1500x103 suns

Discoverer: Charles Messier, 1764 year.

The designation M19 in other catalogs: NGC 6273

M19 in the middle latitudes is located quite low above the horizon, so observation is difficult due to atmospheric distortions.
In the northern latitudes is not visible. Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M19, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/3-D/2. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.

The best month for observing M19 is July. At this time, the object is at midnight near its highest point in the sky, that is, it is less affected by light from the lanterns and atmospheric distortions.

For observers in the northern latitudes:The nights in July are still quite light, so it makes sense to try to observe M19 also in August.
The first half of August is also not very dark, in addition the object will be at midnight not at its highest point,which provides the least exposure and atmospheric distortion. But, the difference is not so noticeable. And already in the second half of August the night sky becomes quite dark for observations (although in September it will more darker).The farther south the place of your observation is located, the earlier the sky will darken - both in time on the clock and on the calendar.

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Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  

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