NGC 3201 Globular Cluster in Vela

Deep in the southern skies in the constellation of Vela you can find this bright (8.2mag) Globular Cluster,measuring 18arcminutes in diameter.It ha a very low central condensation and can easily be resolved into single stars. 

Also it has a high radial velocity (490 km/s),this isn´t high enough for escaping from our MlikyWay´s gravity.The real distance from our sun amounts to 16,300 light years.

NGC3201 was first seen by James Dunlop in 1826.


position (epoch 2000):

RA.:   10h 17m 36.82s
Decl.:  –46° 24′ 44.9″


image data:

LRGB image with L =synth.from all RGBs, RGB = 7x1200s each,a total of 7.0 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


this is a 92% FOV picture of NGC3201.Click here for full resolution


here you can see a larger version of this GlobularCluster:

Here is a link to a HST picture,

and here you find an ESO publication of this Cluster



Last modified on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:57

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