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Globular Cluster in Aquarius 

This autumn skies do not feature a large number of globular clusters, but Messier 2 is one, and it is an impressive one. It is bright and fairly large. and many of its stars can be resolved through a typical amateur telescope.

Magnitude 6.6
Apparent Size 16'
Distance (light yrs) 37,000
Right Ascension 21:33.5
Declination -0 49
Field of View 21' x 16'


Image details:  Exposure times of 36 minutes luminance, 18 minutes red, 12 minutes green and 12 minutes blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/10.

September 2013