NGC 5286

Located in the direction of Centaurus and very close in the sky to the naked eye star M Cen, it lies about 35,900 ly from Earth and a roughly similar distance from the galactic centre. Mass is around 7.1x105 solar masses. It is one of the older globular clusters associated with our galaxy, may harbour an intermediate-mass black hole at its centre and is believed to be what remains of a merged dwarf galaxy. 

Classified as V (intermediate concentrations) 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: internal
Filters/Exposures: R:G:B = 15:9:933m Location: ASV's LMDSS, Lady's Pass, Victoria, Australia
Date: August 2023 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5