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Globular star cluster M53

Globular star cluster M53 is in the constellation Coma Berenices (Com).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):13h12.9m, Dec (δ):+18° 10'

Visual magnitude: 8,5m
Distance from the star clusters M53 to the Sun is 61270 light years
Angular size: 13'
Class: V
External dimensions the star clusters M53 are about 230 light years.
Estimated weight the star clusters: 750x103 suns

Discoverer: Johann Elert Bode, 03.02.1775 year.

The designation M53 in other catalogs: NGC 5024

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M53, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/4-D. 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 M53 is May. 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 night sky in May is no longer very dark, so try also to observe M53 in April.
Of course, in April the object is at midnight not at its highest point, whichprovides the least exposure and atmospheric distortion. But, the darkness of the April sky greatly increases the contrast.The farther south the location of your observation is located, the darker the summer sky will be.

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