M 68 (NGC 4590)

M68 is a little over three binocular fields northeast of beta Hydrae, in the same field as beta Corvi.

M68 is a fine globular cluster of over a hundred thousand stars, mostly white and blue stars.

It has an apparent magnitude of 7.8, and will be just a glowing diffuse circle of light in binoculars, while nicely resolved in telescopes.

Centring beta Corvi, move three binocular fields east: gamma Hydrae and the interesting variable R Hydrae are very near the border with Virgo.

Click on gamma Hydrae to continue.

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