Messier 2 (Globular Cluster) - Sketch
size: 16' ; magnitude: 6.3m ; distance: 33kly ; constellation: Aquarius .
Negev desert (Nahal Barak), Israel, ~6.6m sky.
14-15/09/2012 , 02:00.
Skywatcher BKP250 10" F/5 Newton, 5mm Vixen LVW eyepiece (240X).
Graphite pencil sketch on a white paper, made while observing with a telescope under red light. Sketch is north oriented. Scanned, inverted and processed in Photoshop. Observer: Michael Vlasov.
M2 is a quite spectacular, rich, bright globular cluster. It compsed of hundreds tiny stars. The cluster is quite symmetrical and doesn't show any notable features. I has a relatively bright core, in which it's quite difficult to resolve individual stars. There is a faint chain of stars going from the M2's NW edge