The Great Globular Cluster ( M13 - NGC 6205 )

Celestron C14 @ f/1.9 (Hyperstar)
Paramount ME
Canon 20Da camera
Exposure Time: 11 x 60 sec.
Total Exposure Time: 11 minutes
The images were stacked using Deep Sky Stacker and Processed using Photoshop cs2 and Noiseware Professional

The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (also known as the Hercules Globular Cluster, Messier Object 13, Messier 13, M13, or NGC 6205) is a globular cluster in the Hercules constellation at right ascension 16h 41.7m and declination +36 28'.
It was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1714, and catalogued by Charles Messier on June 1, 1764. With an apparent magnitude of 5.8, it is barely visible with the naked eye on a very clear night. Its real diameter is about 145 light-years, and it is composed of several hundred thousand stars, the brightest of which is the variable star V11 with an apparent magnitude of 11.95. M13 is 25,100 light-years away from Earth. Its diameter is about 23 arc minutes and it is readily viewable in small telescopes. Nearby is NGC 6207, a 12th magnitude edge-on galaxy that lies 28 arc minutes directly north east. The J2000 coordinates are RA: 16h 41m 41.5s and Dec: +36 27' 37". IC 4617 is a small galaxy that lies half-way between NGC 6207 and M13, North-northeast of the large globular's center.

The Arecibo message of 1974 was transmitted toward this globular cluster. The reason was that with a higher star density the chances of a life harboring planet, with intelligent life forms, were higher.

Manchester, Michigan - 10/30/2008
Imaged By: Jeff Thrush