M79 = NGC1904 ( 5h 24.5m -2433, 8.0 mag. )

This globular cluster in Lepus was discovered by Mechain in Oct. 1780. Messier observed it on Dec. 17, 1780. It is located about 43,000 ly away and measures some 75 ly across. To find it, look almost 350' S of b Leporis or 450' SEE of e Leporis (see finder chart below).

The above image was taken on December 21, 2001 from Harrowsmith, Ontario. Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera was used on Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope. The image is composed of eleven white integrations (120 sec. each) as well as cyan, magenta and yellow-filtered exposures (3 x 120 sec. each) processed with AIP4WIN. Color image was adjusted in Lab color space using Corel PhotoPaint 8.

North is to the left.

Map created in Guide 7.0 - 745' x 745'. North is up.

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