Messier 14, Globular Cluster

Messier 14. Image Credit: Blue Mountain Vista Observatory
Messier 14: At over 30,000 light years away, Messier 14 is a globular cluster with approximately 150,000 stars. M14 is a class 8 globular cluster, meaning it is a fairly loosely packed globular cluster compared to most others, including the famous M13 in Hercules. At an apparent magnitude of 7.6, M14 can easily be seen in binoculars in dark skies. To find it, first find the star Rasalhague Northeast of Hercules. Then trace down to the next 2 stars in Ophiuchus. From the star just East of the other, trace down to Sabik. About a third of the way down this line you will find M14. In binoculars and finderscopes it will appear as a blurry spot, but medium sized telescopes begin to resolve the true nature of Messier 14. Messier 14 holds up well to light pollution and Moon light, but it will look far better in dark skies, and in those conditions a larger telescope will easily resolve the stars in M14.

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