Messier Number: M5
NGC Number: NGC 5904
Object Type: Globular Cluster
Distance in Light Years: 23,000
Apparent Magnitude: 5.6
With good viewing conditions, M5 can just be glimpsed with the naked eye. In binoculars, it is easily visible as a small fuzzy patch and with a 3-inch telescope as a round “nebula” brighter toward the centre. From a 4-inch, the brightest stars of magnitude 12.2 can just be resolved forming curved patterns extending from the central part. Larger telescopes reveal a spectacular sight with thousands of stars and a few less populated gaps.