M 53  -  wide field

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Object identification (2.4MB)

Image with TEC APO 200 FL (f=1500mm)

Object data of M53

Object type: Globular Cluster (V)
Size: 13'
Magnitude: 7.6mag
Constellation: Com
Distance: 58,000 Ly
Notes: Messier 53 is a globular cluster in the Coma Berenices constellation. It is one of the more outlying globular clusters, being about 60,000 light-years away from the Galactic Center, and almost the same distance (about 58,000 light-years) from the Solar System.

A tidal bridge-like structure appears to connect M53 with the close, very diffuse neighbor NGC 5053, as well as an envelope surrounding both clusters.

Exposure data

Date: 2023-04-21 + 2023-05-13
Location: Nussbach / Austria (400m)
Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106ED with reducer (4" Apo f=385mm)
Camera: Nikon Z6 (ISO 800)
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure time: 18x2min
Exposure time total: 36min