Messier 2 might be one of the best globular cluster of the late-summer/early autumn sky, being an enormous and brilliant telescopic goal that can be swept up via 10 x 50 binoculars. It’s particular too in that its particular person stars are crammed collectively particularly tightly.
Find out how to observe:
Messier 2 (NGC 7089) shines at magnitude +6.4 and sports activities a wholesome obvious diameter of 16’. These are spectacular numbers, although Messier 2’s impression is tempered just a little by its place inside the southern constellation of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. However, Messier 2 peaks in extra of a helpful 35 levels or so in altitude at about 10.20pm BST mid-month, owing to its location within the far northern reaches of Aquarius; sweep for a misty patch via binoculars on a clear, moonless evening 5 levels north of third-magnitude Sadalsuud (beta [b] Aquarii).
By means of a small telescope Messier 2 exhibits an unresolved sphere round 5’ throughout. It’s rated as class II on the I–XII Shapley–Sawyer focus class for globular clusters, making the decision of its particular person stars a very exhausting job for small- to medium-aperture telescopes. A 200mm (eight-inch) ‘scope at 200x will partially resolve M2’s extra outlying stars, however it is going to want the resolving energy of a 300mm (12-inch), working at excessive magnification, to pick stars all the best way to its core.