Messier 56 (Lyra)

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Messier 56
(= NGC 6779)
Lyr 19h17m / +3011' 8.8' 8.3mag

The globular cluster Messier 56 (NGC 6779) in the constellation Lyra on June 30, 2019. Messier 56 is about 32'900 light years from earth, measures 84 light-years across and was discovered by Charles Messier in 1779 (source: Wikipedia).

Twenty-two 3 minute exposures at ISO 800 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software (resulting in a 1 hour 6 minutes exposure) and the final image processing was done in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).

Search chart for M 56. Map © 2019 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here .