M3 in Canes Venatici 26 May 2012

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




  • astrometry.net 3y

    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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  • Jamie Ball PRO 3y

    Nice Globular.. I was looking at M13 and M92 last night through a 10" reflector.. some truly awe inspiring sights to behold!
  • Doug German BudgetAstro.net PRO 3y

    Jamie Ball Cheers Jamie. Yep, M13's the biggie. Already done that though :)
  • Chuck Manges PRO 3y

    Very nice! Tis the season of Globulars!
  • Terry Hancock 3y

    nice capture Doug
  • Doug German BudgetAstro.net PRO 3y

  • Ocean PRO 3y

    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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  • Mark James 3y

    Nice one Doug, M3 was the first DSO I found with my SW200 on an EQ5 last year.
  • Mike Crowle PRO 3y

    Wonderful result, Doug!
    It's been virtually all globular clusters for me recently!
  • b.leo 3y

  • Denis Marquis 3y

    Nice shot Doug !!!
    Here also comes the season of globular clusters.
  • Farshad Sanaee 3y

    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!!?
  • Doug German BudgetAstro.net PRO 3y

    Ocean Mark James Mike Crowle b.leo Denis Marquis Farshad Sanaee 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! ;)
  • J.J. Mantero 3y

    Vista en:
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    Astrofotografos del Mundo/ World´s Astrophotographers

    te superas cada captura, Doug
  • Doug German BudgetAstro.net PRO 3y

    J.J. Mantero Gracias Jose :)
  • Hiroji Fukui PRO 3y

    Very nice.
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