Messier 56 (M 56)

Introduction | Map | Find/Identify | My Best Own Photos | My Own Observations | References || Appendix: My Own Photos

On this page I collect my observations of the globular star cluster M 56 in the constallation Lyra.

 

Introduction

The globular star cluster M 56 in the constellation Lyra is definitely smaller than many other globular star clusters that I have observed so far and is also not that concentrated.

Size: 3' (Stoyan)
Distance: 31,000 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: ** (Stoyan).

 

Map

M 56 in Lyra, M 57 is nearby, double star Albireo, as well, and the two Hercules clusters M 13 and M 92 are not too far away... (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

Find/Identify

Find: M 56 in the constellation Lyra was initially harder to find for me than the clusters M 92 and even more so M 13 in the constellation Hercules. But when you proceed from the "lower edge" of the constellation Lyra (star Sulafat) towards Albireo, you will find M 56 about halfway along the route relatively easily (see maps above and below).

Identify: Once you found M 56 in the way as described above, it is also identified, because there are no other globular star clusters in the vicinity... (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

My Own Photos

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (December 31, 2017)

         

M 56 (Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

eVscope

         

M 56 - Jun 12, 2020

 

M 56 - Jun 11, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Jun 12, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Aug 24, 2020

 

M 56 - Aug 24, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Aug 24, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Sep 8, 2020

 

M 56 - Sep 8, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Sep 8, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Sep 18, 2020

 

M 56 - Sep 18, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Sep 18, 2020, processed and sharpened

 

My Own Observations

Observations Summer to Autumn 2016

Observations August 2018

Observations October 2018

Observations September/October 2019

Observations April to October 2020

 

References

On this Site


My Own Photos

Atik Infinity & Heritage 100P (December 7, 2017)

With Barlow Lens (2 x)

         

M 56 (Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

With Focal Extender (2 x)

         

M 56 (Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (December 31, 2017)

         

M 56 (Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

eVscope

         

M 56 - Apr 15, 2020

 

M 56 - Apr 15, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Apr 15, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Apr 15, 2020

 

M 56 - Apr 15, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Apr 15, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Jun 11, 2020

 

M 56 - Jun 11, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Jun 11, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Jun 12, 2020

 

M 56 - Jun 11, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Jun 12, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Jul 3, 2020, sky too bright

 

M 56 - Jul 3, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Jul 3, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Aug 24, 2020

 

M 56 - Aug 24, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Aug 24, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Sep 8, 2020

 

M 56 - Sep 8, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Sep 8, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Sep 30, 2020

 

M 56 - Sep 30, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Sep 30, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Oct 10, 2020

 

M 56 - Oct 10, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Oct 10, 2020, processed and sharpened

         

M 56 - Oct 10, 2020

 

M 56 - Oct 10, 2020, processed

 

M 56 - Oct 10, 2020, processed and sharpened