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Globular Cluster Messier 5

About this object

This image of M5, also known as NGC 5904 was taken from my backyard observatory in Ocean Springs, MS. M5 is a bright globular cluster in the contellation Serpens. Its nearly as bright and grand as M13 in Hercules. M5 is nearly 165 light years in diameter and is nearly 13 billion years old. Its distance is roughly 25 thousand light years from Earth and contains more than 100,000 stars. M5 is a wonderful site in telescopes as small as 3" in diameter. You can read more great info about M5 here: and more great info here

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SV105 Raptor Triplet Refractor with a SFF7-21 Field Flattener
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9
  • Filters: Astronomik Type 2C filter set
  • Exposure: LRGB 60:60:60
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 4.56, CCD Commander
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: May 09
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