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Contains:  M 68, NGC 4590
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Globular Cluster M68, 


Globular Cluster M68

Globular Cluster M68

Technical card

Resolution: 3000x3000

Dates:May 21, 2015

Frames: 23x200"

Integration: 1.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.45 days

Avg. Moon phase: 12.90% job: 686530

RA center: 189.873 degrees

DEC center: -26.755 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.729 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 91.426 degrees

Field radius: 0.430 degrees

Locations: Wiruna Dark Sky Site, Ilford, NSW, Australia


M68 was discovered by Charles messier in 1780. It is a medium sized globular cluster located in eastern Hydra. It is easily visible with 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars and appears obviously non-stellar. It is a challenge for naked eye observation, needing keen eyesight and a dark sky. The globular is well seen through medium and large sized amateur scopes.The age of the cluster is estimated at around 11.2 billion years, meaning that it began forming just 2.5 billion years after the Big Bang.



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Globular Cluster M68,