Friday, July 19, 2013

Globular Cluster M53 Consolation Prize

I made another honest attempt to locate the Black-eye Galaxy with no success. I think the darn thing is just too faint. I did, however, locate globular cluster M53 while star-hopping between Arcturus and Vindemiatrix (ε Vir). After my eyes adjusted a bit I was able to see Diadem (α Com) just below M53, which served as a good anchor point. 

64 subs and 34 darks, each at ISO 1600, 1.3 sec, f/5.6, 300mm (zoom crop)
Astrometry.net verifies my ID, notice α Com chillin down there
I was standing hunched underneath my camera for about 20 minutes just scanning back and forth, star hopping, and trying to spot some kind of fuzzy dot. It was super humid and I was smelling something awful by the time I decided to just settle for M53 and take a quick stack.

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