Globular Clusters Messier 53 and NGC5053
Globular Cluster Messier 53
  • Description: Globular clusters M53 (right) and NGC5053 (left) in Coma Berenices. Both globular clusters are at a similar distance away but have very different densities of stars. M53 is a tighter class V globular at 65K LY distance, NGC5053 is a looser class XI at 49.5K light years. M53 is magnitude 7.7 at 13 arc minutes, NGC5053 is 9th magnitude, 10 arc minutes across.
  • Camera: SBIG ST-8XE with SBIG RGB filters at -20C.
  • Mount: Astro-Physics 900QMD
  • Scope: Takahashi FSQ-106
  • Exposure: 3x10 minutes red, 4x10 green, 4x10 blue.
  • Location: Wilson Coulee Observatory, Alberta
  • Date: May 5, 2007
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