NGC5272 - M3
DSS image of NGC5272
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC5272, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

DSS image of NGC5272
Overlaid DSS image of NGC5272, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right
GC 3636, GCL 25, h 1663

Type  Globular Cluster
Magnitude  6.4
Size  16.2'
RA (2000)  13h 42' 11.3"
Dec (2000)  28° 22' 32" N
Constellation  Canes Venatici
Description  !!, eB, vL, vsmbM, st 11..

Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
2 Mar 2011 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x

One of the sky's best globulars, large! about 12' across, bright, fully resolved, a spectacular blaze of stars in the 18"

Andrew Cooper
5 Jun 1998 TIMPA, Avra Valley, AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT

A little smaller than M5, but otherwise just as nice, well resolved, rich, compact

John Herschel
30 Mar 1827

Very beautiful; stars 11 .... 15m; fills field, making lines and irregular rays of stars, and coming up to a blaze in the middle.

Charles Messier
3 May 1764

Nebula discovered between Bootes & one of the Hunting Dogs of Hevelius, it doesn't contain any star, its center is brilliant, & its light is gradually fading away, it is round; in a beautiful sky, one can see it in a telescope of 1-foot: It is reported on the chart of the comet observed in 1779. Memoirs of the Academy of the same year. Seen again on March 29, 1781, always very beautiful."

Rev. T.W. Webb
Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)
94mm f/18 Tully Achromat

'A brilliant and beautiful globular congregation on not less than 1000 small stars,' Sm., blazing splendid, that is, running up into a confused brilliancy towards the centre, with many outliers. h., 11-15 mg. making lines and irregular rays. 3-7/10 in. hardly resolved it.
Other Data Sources for NGC5272
Nearby objects for NGC5272
Acknowledgements and Credits...

Drawings, descriptions and CCD photos are copyright Andrew Cooper unless otherwise noted, no usage without permission. Use for non-profit and educational reasons is generally given on request.

Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.

The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.

Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927

Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.