Astrophotography by David Gares

Globular Cluster M12

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M12 might be a beautiful globular cluster, but you wouldn't know it from this lousy image.  I used my Hartmann mask (see Antonio Fernández's site), but still didn't get the focus right.  The homemade mask has irregularly cut openings to produce diffraction spikes, and when you line up the spikes very carefully during focusing it is truly reliable.  But when the sun goes down you get stupid immediately.  At least I remembered to remove the mask . . . (I often forget, no kidding).

Globular Cluster M12
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 Object Details:  
 Type:  Globular star cluster
 Constellation:  Ophiuchus
 Distance:  16,000 light-years
 Diameter:  75 light-years

 Image Details:
 Date:  May 23, 2004
 Site:  Harahan, LA
 Exposure:  CCD, 7 x 5 min.
 Filters:  Orion SkyGlow LPR
 Processing:  MSB Astroart 3.0
 Telescope:  10" Meade LX200
 Reducer:  Meade, f/4.3
 CCD:  Starlight Express MX7C
 Autoguider:  S.T.A.R. 2000