Friday, January 13, 2017

caught Pal 2 (Halifax)

The BGO robot imaged Palomar 2 for me. A dim globular cluster in Auriga. Fairly compact in a medium intensity star field. The gradient is a little distracting. Stoopid Moon.

globular cluster Palomar 2 in luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, Paint.NET. North is up; east is left.

SkyTools 3 Pro does not show distance info. Where Is M13? does: 85000 light-years. That puts it in the top 15 or 20 for distance records.

It is essentially opposite the galactic core from us and slightly below the plane.


Wikipedia link: Palomar 2.

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