The Binocular Sky


M53 (NGC 5024)

Constellation: Com
Object Type: Globular Cluster
RA:  13h 12m 55s
Dec:  +18° 10' 10"
Magnitude: 7.6
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

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M53 lies in the same field as α Com (Diadem).

What You Should See:

This is a relatively large globular. Although it is not as bright as the "famous" ones (M13, ω Cen), and requires the magnification of a telescope to resolve any stars out of it, it is quite large and is easily seen as a diaphanous glow surrounding a dense core.