M55 - globular cluster

M55 is a globular cluster in the constellation Sagittarius. It was discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in June 16, 1752 while observing from South Africa. Starting in 1754, Charles Messier made several attempts to find this object from Paris, France, but the low declination meant it never rose sufficiently far above the horizon to allow for easy observation. He finally observed and catalogued it in 1778. The cluster can be seen with a pair of 50 mm binoculars, although resolving the individual stars requires a medium-sized telescope. M55 is at a distance of about 17,600 light-years away from Earth. It has a mass of about 269,000 times that of the Sun.
M94 - Canes Venatici

Photo Details

  Telescope: Sky90 f/4.5 - 405mm

  Camera: Sbig ST-2000XM

  Mount: HEQ5

  Guiding: Self-guided

  Exposure: LRGB 6,3,3,3x5min

  When: June 2016

  Other information: very good transparency, very good seeing, AAA2016 Bateleur


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