My Newest Astrophoto: M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

Messier 13, The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

With as rare as it is that I get out in the observatory these days, I have been opting for shooting easier targets so that I can shoot more objects in an evening than spending most of the evening shooting a single galaxy or nebula.  Some of the easiest things to shoot are globular clusters and since it happened to be in the right position in the sky recently, I decided to shoot M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules and this is the result!

Globular clusters are tight groups of a large number of stars, in the case of Messier 13 (M13 for short), there are several hundred thousand stars in this cluster!  That helps make it very bright and easy to spot with telescopes or even a pair of binoculars in dark skies.  It also makes it really easy to shoot since I don’t need a ton of exposure times on it.

I forgot the exact exposure times I used and how many shots I got since I took this a couple of weeks ago on a rare night in the observatory but I think I got a couple of dozen 45 second shots that I stacked to produce this image.  M13 is always a fun cluster to shoot because its so big and has so many stars with some good color to them that it makes for a very photogenic globular cluster.

I’ve shot Messier 13 before and posted about it so I’m curious what you guys think of this image compared to the other so let me know in the comments below!

Speaking of globular clusters, if you liked this then you definitely need to stay tuned as I have a number of other new globular cluster photos to share with you guys from my recent night in the observatory for doing some astrophotography!

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