M68

Located in the direction of Hydra, it lies about 33,600 ly away. It is one of the most metal-poor (ie contains few elements heavier than helium) globular clusters orbiting the Milky Way, has a mass of about 2.2x105 solar masses and is classified as X (loose) on the Shapley-Sawyer globular cluster concentration scale (1927).

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=1000mm, f7.7, fov 1.0 x 0.7
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma 2 Guiding: external, E-finder
Filters/Exposures: R:G:B = 6:6:618m Location: ASV's LMDSS, Lady's Pass, Victoria, Australia
Date: February 2016 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5