Please scroll down if you're looking for Omega Centauri!
This page is a visual index of my star cluster pictures. Star Clusters are simply groupings of stars, and the groups are smaller than galaxies. There are two types: Globular and Open. First, some 2010 globs from the Davis Mountains. The first set of clusters are between Sagittarius and Scorpius and most were acquired April, 2010 from the Davis Mountains. Takahashi TOA 130 Telescope (a 5" APO refractor) with reducer, AP 900GTO mount, and QHY8 CCD Camera & normal workflow.
M19 is one of the open clusters shown "in context" on my Pipe Nebula page.
20 minutes total exposure for the M19 picture.
M 62 exposure = 20 minutes. Click below to see this in context, in a vast array of stars. M62 is one of the open clusters shown "in context" on my Pipe Nebula page.
Details on cluster pictures above: April, 2010 from the Davis Mountains. Takahashi TOA 130 Telescope (a 5" APO refractor) with reducer, AP 900GTO mount, and QHY8 CCD Camera & normal workflow.
Below I continue with one of the biggest and best "globs":
Omega Centauri - Globular Cluster Picture
NGC 5139 is the other name for this object. Bigger close-up version here (opens a jpeg). Omega Centauri is the biggest and best globular star cluster in our galaxy, containing the mass of about 5 million stars. Globular clusters are like small galaxies in some ways. Check out Centaurus A, which is in the neighborhood. More info on Omega Centauri here. Seds Globular Cluster page. More about star clusters is here. The picture of Omega Centauri above is from 3/25/2006 at the HAS site and is a combination of 4 exposures of 4 minutes each. More pix from that night are here.
M19 is a globular cluster East of Scorpius, this is an older shot, transplanted from here
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M68 is a nice Glob...
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