Messier 56


The Globular Cluster M56 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: M56 or NGC 6799
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Lyra
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 36,900 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Globular Cluster
Exposure: approximately 3.5 hours total rgb Position: R.A. 19 hr 16 min , Dec +30011'
Processed using PixInsight Date: December 2013
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/MaximDL/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village