"The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules"

Globular Cluster M13

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Telescope: Astro-Physics 130 Grand Turismo @ F6.3 (819mm) w/Field Flattener
Wikipedia Notes: Messier 13 or M13 (also designated NGC 6205 and sometimes called the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules or the Hercules Globular Cluster) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Hercules. M13 was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1714, and catalogued by Charles Messier on June 1, 1764. It is located at right ascension 16h 41.7m and declination +36° 28'. With an apparent magnitude of 5.8, it is barely visible with the naked eye on a very clear night. Its diameter is about 23 arc minutes and it is readily viewable in small telescopes. Nearby is NGC 6207, a 12th magnitude edge-on galaxy that lies 28 arc minutes directly north east. A small galaxy, IC 4617, lies halfway between NGC 6207 and M13, north-northeast of the large globular's center. M13 is about 145 light-years in diameter, and it is composed of several hundred thousand stars, the brightest of which is the variable star V11 with an apparent magnitude of 11.95. M13 is 25,100 light-years away from Earth.
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO
Camera: SBIG STL11000M & Astrodon Filters
Exposure: RGB = 50:50:50 Minutes
Location: ARGO, Oregon USA
Date: August 2010