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M5 in Serpens

 

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Scope: FSQ-106N 106 mm refractor at f/5, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA   16 March 2013   Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 22 x 3 min  and  13 x 1 min (1x1 bin) exposures with UV/IR block, 10 x 1 min (1x1 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), Central Gradient removal, LRGB channel registration, equalization - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, LRGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.  Luminance data was blended with an earlier, higher resolution luminance data in the main area of  the cluster   Final Image size is approximately 2000x1500.

North is up in this image. M5 is one of the oldest Milky Way Galaxy Globular Clusters with a computed age of 13 billion years. It is at a distance of 24,500 light years from Earth. This globular cluster has an ellipsoid shape that is aligned roughly from upper left to lower right. This image replaces an earlier image that can be seen in the Archives here. Horizontal FOV is 55'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 15h 18m 34s Dec: +0205'00"

 

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