NGC5053 in Coma Berenices

(RA 13h 16.4m , Dec. +17 42', 9.9 mag., 10.5 arcmin.)


This large but very faint globular cluster in Coma Berenices is located just 130' E of a Comae and 1 SE of better known M53 globular (see finder chart below). It is about 49,500 ly distant and contain only about 4500 stars - the brightest of them "shine" below 14 mag.

The above image was taken on May 15, 1999 from Sooke, BC. Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera was used on Celestron Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC CCD camera on a piggybacked 500mm f8 telephoto lens. This image is composed of white integrations (4 x 240 sec.) combined with AIP4WIN.

North is to the right.


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


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