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The Details
Object
NGC 3201 Globular Cluster in Vela
Optics
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Platform
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
Camera
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set Gen 2
Date
06 December 2015
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
L 6ea x 600 sec 1x1 bin, RGB 3 ea x 600 sec 1x1 bin
Software
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of view: 49' x 49' centered on RA 10h17m34s
DEC-46°24'31" (2000). North angle 359.7°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
NGC 3201 is a loosely concentrated globular cluster about 16,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Vela.  Lying very close to the galactic plane, this star cluster is positioned in a rich star field interspersed with faint dust lanes.  Careful examination of the image reveals the most prominent of these lanes radiating outward from the cluster in a 4:30 o’clock direction toward the bottom right corner of the frame.  The intervening dust in our line of sight to this cluster results in a distinct reddening of many of the field stars.

This image is the result of a collaborative effort between Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc. and Dave Jurasevich.

 

 

 

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