Globular Cluster in Sagittarius 

Messier 70 is a compact globular cluster in the middle of the bottom edge of the Sagittarius "teapot" shape. Although it appears densely packed, some of its individual stars can be resolved through a telescope at high power. A few degrees to its west is Messier 69, and a few degrees to its east-northeast is Messier 54, two other globular clusters.

Magnitude 7.8
Apparent Size 8'
Distance (light yrs) 35,000
Right Ascension 18:43.2
Declination -32 18
Field of View 35' x 26'

Image details:  Exposure times of 16 minutes luminance and 6 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/5.6.

August 2013