Beyond The NGC: "For A Fistful Of Globulars"

When you observe 47 Tucanae - and why wouldn't you - how many globular clusters can you see in the field? If you telescope is larger than about 10" and the field of view is larger than about 1.5, you should be able to see THREE:

Considering that this is a globular cluster residing in another galaxy, what CAN be seen is quite impressive. Tom Kaar's 17.5" telescope shows apparent partial resolution into "cotton-wool-like" threads. Try doing THAT with a globular in M31! However, Kron 3 is quite a teaser in this regard, because in the Murrell 20", boasting newly aluminised surfaces, it was even more fibrous-looking, but still not resolved. How large a telescope would one need to visually resolve this?

But there's more!!!
While observing Kron 3 with Andrew and David Frew from Ilford during the September new moon weekend, David made a casual remark, "There's another globular in the field", which was news to yours truly, since there were no more such marked on Mati's charts. Indeed there is: a few tens of minutes closer in to the SMC, there is the even fainter Kron 7 which, according to David's notes, is also intrinsic to the SMC. This globular was quite faint in my new 18" telescope appearing quite round uniformly bright and with a ragged edge. The below diagram shows the location of the two Kron globulars with respect to 47 Tucanae. The chart shows stars down to about 15th magnitude.