Celestial hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Hydra (Hya)  ·  Contains:  M 68  ·  NGC 4590


            Jan Scheers
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Acquisition details

Feb. 11, 2022
16×600(2h 40′)
2h 40′
Avg. Moon age:
9.97 days
Avg. Moon phase:

RA center: 12h39m27s.217

DEC center: -26°4503.18

Pixel scale: 0.620 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -0.807 degrees

Field radius: 0.300 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 2464x2460

File size: 3.0 MB

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: Telescope Live


Image of Messier 68, a globular cluster in Hydra

M68 is centred about 33,600 light-years away from Earth. It is orbiting our galaxy's galactic bulge with a great eccentricity of 0.5. This takes it to 100,000 light years from the center.
It is one of the most metal-poor globular clusters, which means it has a paucity of elements other than hydrogen and helium.

Image was acquired with the Planewave CDK24 telescope and FLI PL09000 CCD-camera from Telescope Live in El Sauce Observatory, Chile.

Total integration time: 160 minutes
LRGB 4 subs of 600s with each filter.
FOV 32' x 32' (0.68"/px)

Processing with AstroPixelProcessor and Photoshop CC with AstroPanel Pro, Astronomy Tools, Topaz Sharpen AI & Franzis Denoise Projects 3 plug-ins.


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            Jan Scheers