Mike's Astro Photos
Jun.05 2011

Star Cluster Messier 13

by , under Stars

Globular star clusters are one of the many fascinating things you can image in the night sky. These clusters are the place where stars are born by the 100s of 1000s. M13 also known as Great Globular Cluster in Hercules boasts over 300,000 stars.

I have been setting up / testing / learning some new equipment and software the last few months and this is the first image I have created from the new rig. I still have some things to work on, but we’re getting there.

Messier 13 - May 30th, 2011

Photo Details
LRGB 60x40x40x40 / Total Exposure Time 3 Hours
Camera SBIG ST8300
Guiding with 402 & Piggy back guide scope
Paramount ME Mount
William Optics FLT98
CCDSoft / The Sky X / CCDStack


2 Comments for this entry

  • Mark

    A 3 hour totaled exposure. Wow!
    And I see you’re now strutting around with an SBIG camera. Awesome!
    The glob came out great.

    I also noticed that you have either a model of R2D2 mounted to your observatory or you finally got your meteor camera wired up to catch the next big one. Nice.

  • Mike Hankey

    Mark, Yes I’ve had a pretty productive couple of weeks recently. Things are starting to come together. I can even control things from inside the house now!

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