M19 = NGC6273 ( 17h 02.6m -2616, 7.2 mag.)


Discovered by Messier on June 5,1764, this globular cluster in Ophiuchus is visible in binoculars about 730' E of Antares (a Scorpii) and 430' SWW of q Ophiuchi (see finder chart below). It has a clearly oblate shape. Located 34,500 ly away, M19 is just 3,000 ly from Milky Way's centre.

The above image was taken on June 10, 2002 from Harrowsmith, Ontario with Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera and a Celestron Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope. Nineteen white exposures (30 sec. each) were combined with cyan, magenta and yellow-filtered integrations (7 x 30 sec., 6 x 30 sec. and 6 x 30 sec., respectively) using AIP4WIN and Corel PhotoPaint 8.

North is to the right.


Map created in Guide 7.0 - 10 x 12. North is up.


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