The Binocular Sky


M5 (NGC 5904)

Constellation: Ser
Object Type: Globular Cluster
RA:  15h 18m 33s
Dec:  +2° 4' 59"
Magnitude: 5.7
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

Charts for 100mm Binocular (2.5° aperture circle).   Click on a chart to print it.


Find M5 by panning just 8° from α Ser in the direction of μ Vir to where a line between those two stars is intersected by a line between η Boo and μ Ser.

What You Should See:

M5 is one of the better globulars for binoculars. Although it does not seem as bright as M13, it appears slightly larger.