Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

Messier 107 can be found in the southern sky during the summer months, about 15 degrees north of the bright red star Antares. This picture was taken on a hazy June night and it is not especially sharp. However, the picutre does show an asymmetry of brightness in the center of this cluster. The brightest stars are in the lower left portion of the cluster and the upper right area is dimmer. The periphery contains a loose scattering of fairly bright stars.

Magnitude 8.1
Apparent Size 10'
Distance (light yrs) 21,000
Right Ascension 16:32.5
Declination -13 03
Field of View 21' x 16'

Image details: Exposure times of 15 minutes luminance, 9 minutes red, 9 minutes green, and 18 minutes blue, taken with an SBIG 8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/10. 

June 2012