July 17, 2014. Beaver Meadow. 80 mm ED [Astro-Tech F/7]. Globulars inside the Teapot [and M55]. Clear, transparency average with above average around. Comparatively chilly, relatively humid. Astronomical twilight 22:55, moonrise 23:55. Time 23:00.
M69 at the low power with the 40 mm Pentax is small, round, nebulous, and concentrated. It is located S of a star. At the high power, 8 mm setting of the Pentax zoom, 8-24 mm, appearance changes little but the core seems displaced to the N side in the halo.
M70 at the high power is fainter and less concentrated overall, although the very center is quite bright. Like M69 it does not show any resolution or distinctive graininess. A pair of equally bright stars is to the NNE. A slightly fainter star is on the E edge of the halo.
M54, farther E on the same line forming the base of the Teapot, at the high power has a faint halo that sharply transitions to a bright sharp core.
M55 to the E and S of the Teapot at the low power with the 40-mm Pentax presents a marvelous view, just skimming the edge of the treeline. It is grainy and slightly concentrated, comparatively large, diffuse and resembles Palomar 8 in a 16-inch. At the high power there appear to be a multitude of threshold stars across the globular. The concentration is very weak and broad. A comparatively bright star is on the SSE edge of the halo.
Time 23:40. SQM-L 21.21 overhead, 20.85 under the Teapot, and above 21 at 30 deg in all directions.