Messier 13 (Hercules)

Object image
Fig.1 - A sparkling jewel box left open in the vastness of the universe: Messier 13 in the constellation Hercules, photographed with an 8-inch f/5 newtonian reflector on a ZWO AM5 mount.
Object name: Constellation: Coordinates: Apparent size: Visual brightness:
Messier 13
(= NGC 6205)
Hercules 16h42m / +36°28' 20' 5.8 mag

The globular cluster Messier 13 (NGC 6205, "Great Globular Cluster in Hercules", "Hercules Globular Cluster") in the constellation Hercules. Discovered by the English astronomer Edmond Halley in 1714, this cluster contains several hundred thousand stars and is 25,100 light-years from Earth. The cluster which measures 150 light-years in diameter can be seen in a small telescope. The 1974 Arecibo message, which contained encoded information about the human race, the Earth's position and other information, was beamed from the Arecibo radio telescope towards Messier 13 as an experiment in contacting potential extraterrestrial civilizations in the cluster. Since the cluster will move through space during the flight time of the radio signals, it's unclear whether the signals can be received by civilizations of the cluster at all (source: Wikipedia).

Thirty-nine 3-minute exposures (117 minutes total exposure) at gain 100 and -10°C, taken on May 9, 2024, were added for this shot with Astro Pixel Processor (APP) software and the final image processing was done in Photoshop. Darks, flats, bias and darkflats were used.

Equipment: Cooled ASI 2600MC Pro camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 8" f/5 "ONTC" newtonian telescope riding on a ZWO AM5 Strain Wave Mount, ZWO OAG-L off axis system, ASI 174MM Mini guide camera, ASIAIR Plus.

Messier 13 was also captured with a 16-inch dobsonian on an equatorial platform with a DSLR camera. The image can be seen here.

Search chart
Fig.2 - Search chart for Messier 13. Map © 2024 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here.