Messier 72


The Globular Cluster M72 is, according to Stephen O'Meara, the faintest of the Messier globular clusters. First discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1780, it was later cataloged by Charles Messier. It is also one of the most remote globular clusters contributing to it's apparent lack of brightness.



Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 @ f7.7 Designation: M72, NGC6981 or h2090
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Aquarius
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 25,000 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Globular Cluster
Exposure: 7 hours total rgb Position: R.A. 20 hr 53 min , Dec -120 32'
Processed using PixInsight Date: September 2013
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/MaximDL/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village