Messier 13- Hercules Globular Star Cluster

Object: Messier 13 Hercules Globular Star Cluster

Description: Messier 13 (M13), also known as the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, is a globular cluster located in Hercules constellation. It is one of the brightest and best known globular clusters in the northern sky. The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 5.8 and lies at a distance of 22,200 light years, or 6,800 parsecs, from Earth. Its designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 6205. The Hercules Globular Cluster has an estimated age of 11.65 billion years and contains about 300,000 stars. The estimated mass of the cluster is about half a million solar masses. M13 stretches across 20 arc minutes of the sky, which corresponds to a linear diameter of 145 light years. The cluster can be seen without binoculars in exceptionally good viewing conditions, with clear skies and no light pollution. The brightest star in M13 is V11, a red giant classified as a Cepheid variable. V11 has a visual magnitude of 11.95 and lies approximately 25,100 light years from Earth.


Rights Statement: Copyright, Julio Encarnacion, 2022

Acquisition Dates: March 28, 2022

Published Date: March 28, 2022

Location: Driveway, Land o Lakes, Florida.

Optics:Sky-Watcher Evostar 120ED APO – 120mm Refractor Telescope

Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro

Camera: ZWO ASI2600MM Pro (mono)

Filters: LRGB Chroma 36mm

Guiding: William Optics 50mm Uniguide and ZWO ASI290MM Mini (mono)

Gain: 120

Cooling: -14c

Integration: L (105X15”); R (100X30”); G (100X30”); B (100X30”)

Software: Mount Control: EQMOD; Acquisition, Guiding, Polar Alignment: ZWO ASIAIR Plus; Processing: Pixinisght 1.8.9 and Adobe Photoshop