Imaging telescopes or lenses: Astro-Tech AT65E
Imaging cameras: Atik 314E
Mounts: Losmandy G11
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion ShortTube 80 f/5
Guiding cameras: Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager & Autoguider
Software: PixInsight, ESA/ESO/NASA NASA Fits Liberator, DeepSkyStacker, Stellarium, PHD guiding, Artemis Capture, Niels Noordhoek Bahtinov Grabber, The New CCD Astronomy CCD Calc, CCDWare Weather Ninja
Filters: Astronomik CLS CCD Filter
Dates: June 1, 2012
Locations: My Back Yard
Integration: 0.4 hours
Avg. Moon age: 10.76 days
Avg. Moon phase: 82.95%
NGC5139 (Omega Centauri)
NGC5139 is a globular cluster approximately 15,800 light years away from us. It is estimated to be about 12 billion years old and contains several million stars. It is the largest known globular cluster associated with our galaxy. It's so packed with stars that near its center they are around 0.1 light years apart. The nearest star to us is Proxima Centauri at about 4.24 light years. Relative to our solar system, 0.1 light years lies between the orbit of Pluto and the Oort Cloud (about 1 light year out).
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