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Globular Cluster in Sagitta

This is a loosely packed globular cluster that can be found just about halfway up the “shaft” of the arrow that forms the small constellation of Sagitta.  Looking through a telescope with medium or high magnification, the cluster can be resolved to its center.  It is particularly attractive with its Milky Way background full of tiny stars.

Magnitude 6.1
Apparent Size 7'
Distance (light yrs) 13,000
Right Ascension 19:53.8
Declination +18 47
Field of View 22.5' x 15'

Image details:  17 images, each 150 seconds at ISO 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera through a Meade 12” telescope at f/10. 

October 2008