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Globular cluster in Sagittarius

This is a relatively distant globular cluster located in the northwest corner of Sagittarius. Because of its distance it is fairly small and dim. It is densely concentrated in its center. Some stars can be resolved around the edges with mdium-sized telescopes.

Magnitude 8.6
Apparent Size 6'
Distance (light yrs) 59,000
Right Ascension 20:06.1
Declination -21 55
Field of View 29.4' x 22.2'

Image details:  Exposure times of 9 minutes luminance, 6 minutes red, 4.5 minutes green and 3 minutes blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M camera and a 12" Meade telescope at f/7.

October 2011