Located in the direction of Ophiuchus, M9 ls about 26,000 ly from Earth and approximately 90 ly in diameter. As seen in the image, it lies in a field containing substantial clouds of obscuring dust that is designated Barnard 64. Having a luminosity of around 120,000 times that of the Sun, its mass is in the region of 4.2x105 solar masses. Classified, VIII (rather loosely concentrated towards the centre), 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 = 14:10:1236m Location: ASV's LMDSS, Lady's Pass, Victoria, Australia
Date: September 2023 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5