M2 is a nice
globular star cluster. Located in Aquarius about 5o
to the north of Beta Aqr, M2 appears as a 7th magnitude fuzzy star
in binoculars and small telescopes. A 6-inch scope will resolve many
of the stars, but it takes a larger aperture and a night of good
seeing to resolve stars all the way to the rich core.
This cluster contains
hundreds of thousands of stars within a diameter of 150 light years.
The view in a 6" at
50x. North is down and east is right.