Designations: NGC 6752, Caldwell 93. Constellation: Pavo.
Visual magnitude: +5.4 Apparent size: 29′
Diameter: 110 light years. Distance: 13,000 light years
NGC 6752 is one of several globular clusters which I’ve imaged over recent months. It’s listed as Object 93 on the Caldwell Catalogue, which was prepared by the late Sir Patrick Moore, consisting of bright objects which were not included on the more well-known Messier List.
The Caldwell Catalogue has 109 objects, which, when added to the 110 objects in the Messier list, provides 219 bright targets for amateur astronomers to seek out (about 180 of them visible from my Southerly location).
NGC 6752 is reputed to “hold over 100,000 stars in a sphere about 100 light-years in diameter”. So says Wikipedia.
It is a fairly typical sixth magnitude object with a seventh magnitude nearby star, HD 177999, a blue giant.
Due to its close proximity (galactically speaking) of 13,000 light years, NGC 6752 is the third brightest globular cluster. In case you were wondering, this handy website informs us that, at walking speed, it would take 2,179,504,044,250 years to reach NGC 6752. That’s over 2.1 trillion years with no stopping along the way……
Nine days of this month’s lunar cycle have passed. During that period, the weather here has been mostly cloudy – and when the sky has been clear of clouds, the evenings have been endowed with the worst long-term bush-fire smoke I’ve ever known.
So far, anyway. 😷 😷😷😷😷😷
Most of it came from this gigantic bushfire burning NW of Sydney :
It is 80 km from one end to the other, so spare a thought for the brave firies working hard to extinguish it.
Even now, the haze is still lingering here in SW Sydney – and meanwhile, further up the coast of NSW, many other huge bushfires are still burning. 😳
About seven lunar cycle nights are left before the Moon gets too bright again. The outlook is poor but I am hoping for at least one clear, smokeless night.
Some might say that is a first world problem.
Image & Processing:
|Location: outer suburban
Conditions: clear, wind gusts 30-40kph. Moon: rose 10.17 pm.
Sky brightness: 0.66 e/pixel/sec .
Image acquisition: SharpCap.
Image post-processing: GIMP.
|Telescope:||SkyWatcher Esprit||Type:||120 triplet refractor|
|Focal:||840 mm F/7||Mount:||SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro|
|Camera:||ZWO ASI 071 MC Pro
||Type:||CMOS 28.4mm 16 Mpx
|Optical aids:||Flattener: Y; filter: LP||Guiding:||Yes/No|
|Polar aligning:||QHYCCD PoleMaster||Polar Error:||74”|
[ZWO ASI071MC Pro]
Auto Exp Target Brightness=100
Also in image: See my image with Astrometry.net annotated overlay.
Images © Roger Powell