Messier 2 (M2, NGC 7089) is a magnitude 6.5 globular cluster in the constellation of
Aquarius, and is located at a distance of about 37,500 light years. It has an apparent
dimension of 16 arc minutes. It is pretty concentrated with a very bright core and
rapid drop-off in intensity, making it a challenging object to present.
Date: August 4, 2008
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200R 12 inch at f/5.9
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: SBIG ST-8XME / CFW-8
Guiding: ST-8XME integral guiding chip controlled by Maxim CCD
Exposure: LRGB - Luminance: 12x1.6 min, R:6x2.5 min, G:6x2 min, B:6x4 min (color
binned 2x2) for a total of 1.3 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done
using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New Ringgold PA