M3 in Canes Venatici 26 May 2012

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Messier 3 (aka M3 or NGC 5272) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Canes Venatici. At 34K lights years from Earth, it is about 8 billion years old and contains about 500,000 stars. Nice.

Clusters really ain't my thang - I took this whilst waiting for something interesting to get into position (i.e Cygnus). It's not in a great position for my unguided kit, particularly being a cluster, so I had to ditch almost half the subs I took, resulting in 31 minutes total exposure. Nice to see a fuzzy in the top right - NGC 5263 apparently :)

SW 200p, EQ5 unguided
Nikon D70 modded, iso1600, Baader MPCC and Neodymiun filter
31 x 60sec
darks, bias and flats.
Stacked in DSS and processed in CS5

space the final frontier, Ocean.movie, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. astrometry.net 23 months ago | reply

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(205.546801948, 28.3787899661) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(13:42:11.232, +28:22:43.644)
    Orientation:152.31 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:3.76 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :64.09 x 45.12 arcminutes
    Your field contains:
    NGC 5272 / M 3

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  2. jamieball833 23 months ago | reply

    Nice Globular.. I was looking at M13 and M92 last night through a 10" reflector.. some truly awe inspiring sights to behold!

  3. BudgetAstro 23 months ago | reply

    Cheers Jamie. Yep, M13's the biggie. Already done that though :)

  4. astrochuck 23 months ago | reply

    Very nice! Tis the season of Globulars!

  5. Ocean.movie 23 months ago | reply

    very cool shot man....great job....

    Grazie per aver condiviso questo scatto con noi
    Thank you for sharing your picture with us
    You deserve
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    fantastic shot, congratulations_I LovE tHe SKy_
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  6. MJAstro 23 months ago | reply

    Nice one Doug, M3 was the first DSO I found with my SW200 on an EQ5 last year.

  7. crowlem 23 months ago | reply

    Wonderful result, Doug!
    It's been virtually all globular clusters for me recently!

  8. b.leo 23 months ago | reply


  9. Marq05 (Denis) 23 months ago | reply

    Nice shot Doug !!!
    Here also comes the season of globular clusters.

  10. Farshad Sanaee The Apple 23 months ago | reply

    One day on planet Earth 24 hours,,,, On Mercury!?? Each day on Mercury lasts as long as 58 days, 15 hours on Earth. for Neptune is much shorter than Earth's, about 16 ... many days in one of Neptune years but one of Neptune's days is 16 hours and ... A day on Uranus is 17 hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds. ... GOD Created The World In 7 Days....... But GOD Is Talking,.,.,Also how long is a day By GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????
    { The Days Of Genesis }
    Farshad The Questioner!!?

  11. BudgetAstro 23 months ago | reply

    Thanks all :) I've just deviated from globular clusters with my last upload, but may go back to clusters now - they're easy by comparison! ;)

  12. BudgetAstro 22 months ago | reply

    Gracias Jose :)

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