Antilhue - Chile

NGC 288
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Image Data

Designation NGC 288,  Bennett 5
Object type Globular cluster
Coordinates 00h 53 min    - 26° 35'   Sculptor  (Scl)
Description NGC 288 is a bright (magnitude 8) globular cluster described as large (13.8 arcminutes), loose, with stars of magnitude 12 thru 16 and only a small central condensation.   An easy object for a 6" telescope, it is located 1.8° south-east of the Silver Coin galaxy NGC253, and 3.1° NNW of Alpha Sculptoris.  The distance to NGC 288 is approximately 30.000 light years.

Click here or on the image to see NGC 288  in higher resolution.  The field of view is  37 x 25 arc minutes.  North is up (0°).

Exposure NRGB 48:16:16:16 min @ -20°C ;  all exposures unbinned, no filter on luminance
Camera SBIG STL-11000 with Astronomik Type 2 filterset  -  selfguided
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD,  Sigma Pre Beta 11,  Registar,  Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 30Jul2006 @ 09:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 8-9/10,  Seeing 6/10, Temperature  0 °C