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T K Worde
April 27, 2018
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Contains: Deep sky object

Acquisition Details

Date Posted: April 27, 2018

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M3, a globular Cluster located about 34,000 light years distant in the constellation Canes Venatici. Estimated to be as many as 500,000 stars in this cluster with about 1/2 of those within 11 light years of its center. Compare that to us here with only maybe 12 stars within 11 light years. Average seeing conditions - western NC mountains, the Smoky Mountains and they usually live up to that name! Mount: AP Mach1 Scope: Takahashi TSA102 with flattener Camera: QSI 683wsg with Astrodon LRGB filters Guide camera: LoadStar X2 SkyX Pro for acquisition and PixInsight for processing sixty-three 180sec exposures through LRGB filters