M3


DETAILS
Exposure: 4x45" unguided
Telescope: Meade Newton LXD-75 6" f5
Filter: Astronomik IR cut 1.25"
Mount:  Meade LXD-75 Autostar
Camera: Webcam Philips Toucam Pro II
Date: 11th February 2007
Location: Vilassar de Mar (suburban site)
Comments: One of my first deep sky images. Shot from a very light polluted place.

M3, also known as NGC 5272, is a globular cluster in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is one of the largest and brightest globular clusters, and contains around 500,000 stars. It is located at a distance of about 33,900 light-years away from the Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 6.2, making it visible to the naked eye under dark conditions. It is estimated to be 8 billion years old.



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