M 68 Globular Cluster in Hydra

With an apparent diameter of 11 arc-minutes and visually slightly brighter than 10.0 mag,M68 belongs to the globular clusters,than can be seen in bigger binoculars of small telescopes.

Situated in the constellation of Hydra,it is an extremly star-rich cluster with many variable stars inside.Its real distance amounts to 33.000 light-years.

It was first detected by Charles Messier in 1780.



position (epoch2000):

RA.: 12h 39m 27.98s
Decl.: –26° 44′ 38.6"


imaga data:

LRGB image with L = synth.of all, RGB = 6x1200s each,a total of 6.0 hours

80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected cassegrain FLI Proline 16803 Astrodon LRGB GenII filters

Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile,remote controlled

image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken


here you can see M68 in 98%-FOV-size.Click here for full resolution

this is a more detailed look to this globular cluster:

Here is a look to M68 with the HST





Last modified on Friday, 31 May 2019 11:34

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