Daily Archives: February 24, 2015

M53 Cluster


Messier 53 (also known as M53 or NGC 5024) is a globular cluster in the Coma Berenices constellation. It was discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1775. M53 is one of the more outlying globular clusters, being about 60,000 light-years away from the Galactic Center, and almost the same distance (about 58,000 light-years) from the Solar system.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: GSO / Teleskop-Service RC 12″
Imaging cameras: QHY8L
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6
Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY5
Software: Metaguide
Filters: CLS
Accessories: Orion OAG Deluxe
Resolution: 2940×1929
Dates: May 25, 2013
Frames: 3×300″
Integration: 0.2 hours
Avg. Moon age: 14.56 days
Avg. Moon phase: 99.95%
RA center: 198.236 degrees
DEC center: 18.173 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.654 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 174.547 degrees
Field radius: 0.319 degrees
Author: SilentRunning
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