Messier 12


The Globular Cluster M12 was first discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. It can be seen with binoculars from a dark sky site, but requires a much larger telescope to see anything more than a fuzzy patch of light. This image was taken with a 6" refractor, but over the course of 5 hours to gather enough light for the image.



Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 @ f7.7 Designation: M12 or NGC6218
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Ophiuchus
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 15,700 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Globular Cluster
Exposure: approximately 5 hours total rgb Position: R.A. 16 hr 47 min , Dec -01056'
Processed using PixInsight Date: May 2014
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/MaximDL/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village