NGC 5053 (GCL 23) Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices

Located at: RA 13 hours 16 minutes 27 seconds, Dec +17 degrees 41 minutes 53 seconds

Size: 10' Magnitude: 9.0 Class: 11

North is up

West to the right


 8" f5 Newtonian reflector


 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.53


 Red (Hoya 25A) filter, 230 minutes (23 x 10 minute subs), 06/29/2006


 CCDStack 1.2, Photoshop 7.0


 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)


This 'loose' Globular Cluster is located just under one degree SSE from the brighter globular cluster M 53. See this wonderful color image of the pair by Eric Africa.

See the 14.5" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 5053

NGC 5053
13 16 26.9 +17 41 52
V = 9.9;  Size 9

17.5": about two dozen faint stars resolved at 286x over a faint background 
haze.  Very weak concentration with no core.  Appears similar to a faint, 
resolved open cluster.  A mag 9.5 star is off the E side 6.5' from the center.

8": faint, fairly large, pale, no resolution.

- by Steve Gottlieb