Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

Our Milky Way galaxy contains well over 100 globular clusters, of which 29 are listed in Messier's catalog of deep-sky objects. Of those on Messier's list, M62 is one of three that has a declination below -30 degrees, which puts it low in the southern sky for observers in the northern hemisphere. Still, it is possible to get a good view of this cluster from here in Connecticut, as this image shows.

Magnitude 7.4
Apparent Size 14'
Distance (light yrs) 22,200
Right Ascension 17:01.2
Declination -30 07
Field of View 31' x 21'

Image details: Exposure times of 20 minutes luminance and 12 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/6.8. 

July 2012