M 19 (NGC 6273) Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

Located at: RA 17 hours 02 minutes 38 seconds, Dec -26 degrees 16 minutes 05 seconds

Size: 17' Magnitude: 6.8 Class: 8

North is up

West to the right


 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector


Miranda Laborec 35mm camera, ST4 guided, hypered Kodak Technical Pan 2415 film, 37 F outside temp


No filter, 60 minutes, 05/11/1997


D-19, 6.5 minutes @ 69F, 35mm negative scanned with Polaroid SprintScan 4000 (4000 dpi)

Scan is a crop from 35mm negative, scan processed in Photoshop CS5.1


Mt Pinos, CA

Notes: This is one of the Messier objects not currently 'visible' from my Thousand Oaks observatory ... In an effort to 'fill in' my Messier images page, I will post what film images I have. My film scanner is not presently hooked up, so I am using scans made for my old film website from the early 2000's.

Most of the film scans from the 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector were centered on the object of interest, and were generally scanned to file as a 2000 x 2000 pixel crop of the 35mm negative.

Reduced in Photoshop to 1024 pixels, and saved under "Save for Web & Devices".

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 6273
NGC 6273 = M19 = E518-SC7S
17 02 37.6 -26 16 05
V = 6.8;  Size 13.5

17.5" (6/3/00): bright, moderately large globular, ~6'x4.5' (elongated N-S) with 
a bright 3.5' core.  The cluster is breaks up several dozen stars at 220x but at 
500x at least 50 stars are resolved over the entire face of the globular.  There 
are a couple of strings of stars on the SE side of the halo with a dark lane 
between the strings.  The brightest star is on the NE side.

13": bright, elongated N-S, very mottled, brighter core.  The outer edges barely 
resolve into one or two dozen stars at 220x.

8": lively, two or three very faint stars are resolved at the north edge.

- by Steve Gottlieb