Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  M 3  ·  NGC 5272
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Messier Object 3 (Crop) - 5/3/2010, 



    
        

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Messier Object 3 (Crop) - 5/3/2010
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Messier Object 3 (Crop) - 5/3/2010

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Stellarvue SV105
Mounts
CGEM
Software
PixInsight · PHD guiding · Nebulosity
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Orion ST 80

Acquisition details

Dates:
May 2, 2010
Frames:
12x300" (1h) bin 1x1
Hutech IDAS LPS P2 2": 10x10" (1' 40") bin 1x1
Hutech IDAS LPS P2 2": 10x150" (25') bin 1x1
Hutech IDAS LPS P2 2": 10x30" (5') bin 1x1
Hutech IDAS LPS P2 2": 10x60" (10') bin 1x1
Integration:
1h 41' 40"
Avg. Moon age:
18.79 days
Avg. Moon phase:
82.78%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 97160

RA center: 13h42m05s.5

DEC center: +28°2240

Pixel scale: 2.303 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -91.849 degrees

Field radius: 0.719 degrees

Resolution: 620x392

Description

Messier Object 3, located in Canes Venatici, is one of about 150 globular clusters that orbit our galactic core. Globular clusters are some of the most ancient objects in our galaxy. Nobody is quite sure how they form or what role they are intended to play. This particular cluster is comprised of over 500,000 stars all clumped together in a spherical formation. Some of these clusters have a collective density to rival smaller dwarf galaxies. Astronomers have even suggested that the density in some globular clusters may be sufficient enough to warrant the existence of a black hole.

This cluster is some 34 thousand light years distant and is approximately 8 billion years old.

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Messier Object 3 (Crop) - 5/3/2010, 



    
        

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