9 and was possibly a little brighter in the east, but he saw no central condensation
Its adjacent small companion, NGC 4264, is visible with direct vision, and exhibits a slight central condensation
The star density usually increases greatly toward the center, but the degree of central condensation
But this abruptly changed on December 20th when the comet's head exhibited a long, bright tailward-pointing ray instead of a compact central condensation
In my 10 x 50 binoculars, NGC 300 shows up as a small, hazy patch, about 10' across with no apparent central condensation
Moreover it was quite diffuse, with almost no central condensation
A number of faint stars dot a hazy face nearly 1/2[degrees] across with a slight central condensation
From outer suburbia, NGC 2516 is easily visible to the unaided eye as a hazy patch, and my 10 x 50 binoculars show a diffuse 1/2[degrees]-diameter halo with quite a strong central condensation
My 8-inch f/6 Newtonian at 135x revealed a central condensation
, but not a very pronounced one.
Southwest of NGC 4434, the face-on barred spiral NGC 4416 is a distinct little fuzzy with a slight central condensation
My favorite globular is 47 Tucanae (NGC 104), second in size to mighty Omega Centauri but much prettier due to its dramatic class III central condensation
At the eyepiece, clusters such as M13, M22, Omega Centauri, and 47 Tucanae accord well with the mental images we carry with us from photographs--a central condensation
with a web of faint stars gently laid over a soft haze.