Antilhue - Chile

NGC 3201 in Vela
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Image Data

Designation NGC 3201,  Bennett 44,  Caldwell 79
Object type Globular cluster
Coordinates 10 h 18 min    - 46° 25'   (Vel)
Description NGC 3201 was discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "globular cluster, irregularly round, gbM, not v m comp, 6', resolved into stars 13...15th mag."   It is mag 6.8 located 5.7° north-west of Mu Velorum.  Dreyer calls it very large (18'), roundish, and loose.  It consists of mag. 13-16 stars. A good object for visual observation with a 6" or larger telescope under dark skies.

The field of view is  37 x 25 arcminutes with north to the left.

Exposure LRGB 45:12:12:9 min @ -20°C ;  all exposures unbinned
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, Registar, PixInsight V.1, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 03Apr2005 @ 01:30 UTC
Conditions Transparency 5-6,  Seeing 6, Temperature  + 13°C