Messier 80 (M 80)

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On this page I collect my observations of the globular star cluster M 80 in the constellation Scorpius.



According to Stoyan, the globular star cluster M 80 in the constellation Scorpius is one of the fainter globular clusters that Messier catalogued, but nevertheless he describes it as worthwhile. It is located almost as southernly as M 4.

Size: 5' (Stoyan)
Distance: 27,000 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: ** (Stoyan)



M 80 is located in constellation Scorpius (M 4 is to the left of M 80). (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy,



Find: M 80 is located to the right of the large and yellow star Antares in constellation Scorpius (see maps above and below). It is about three times farther to the right than M 4 and higher up.

Identify: If you have found the star Antares, which is large and yellow, you will also be able to identify M 80, which is farther to the right and higher up than M 4. (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy,


My Own Photos



M 80 - May 29, 2020, tree






M 80 - May 29, 2020


M 80 - May 29, 2020, processed


M 80 - May 29, 2020, processed and sharpened


My Own Observations

Observations September/October 2019

Observations May to July 2020



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