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Globular Cluster in Pegasus

The evening skies of fall and winter do not feature as many bright globular clusters as can be seen in the summer, but Messier 15 is a very impressive one.  At magnitude 6, it should be just barely visible to the naked eye under very dark skies, and it is easy to see with binoculars.  Through a telescope of moderate aperture, the cluster has a very bright center, and the periphery has chains of stars streaming away in all directions.

Magnitude 6.1
Apparent Size 18'
Distance (light yrs) 33,000
Right Ascension 31:30.0
Declination +12 10
Field of View 29' x 22'

Image details:  Exposure times of 42 minutes luminance, and 18 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

November 2014