Discovered by William
Herschel in 1784 in his 19-inch f/13, this small, obscure globular cluster
is one of the few deep sky objects of note in the constellation Libra.
Herschel recorded NGC 5897 as "a very close, compressed cluster of stars
8' or 9' in diameter, extremely rich, of an irregular round figure, a little
extended. The stars are so small as hardly to be visible, and so
accumulated in the middle as to look nebulous."
I found this globular to
be surprisingly large, yet faint. It appears uniform with no obvious
central condensation. In my 18-inch f/4.5 the impression was one
of a faint haze as a backdrop to a sprinkle of stars. All-in-all
the view seemed dominated more by stars than background haze.
The view in a 6-inch
at 50x. North is down and east is to the right.