Antilhue - Chile

NGC 5286 in Centaurus
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Image Data

Designation NGC 5286,  Bennett 64,  Caldwell 84
Object type Globular cluster
Coordinates 13h 46 min    - 51° 22'    Centaurus  (Cen)
Description NGC 5286 is a globular cluster located 4.3° SSW of Zeta Centauri.  Described as very bright  ( mag 7.6 ),  fairly large ( 9 arcmins ),  round and extremely rich,  it has stars mag 15 and fainter.  The foreground star is the spectroscopic binary star M Centauri and at mag 4.6 is easily visible to the naked eye under reasonably dark skies.

Click on the image for a higher resolution rendering.  The field of view is  37 x 25 arcminutes with north towards the top.

Exposure LRGB 50:12:12:12 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,  Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 11Apr2005 @ 06:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 8,  Seeing 8, Temperature  + 7°C