Messier 53 (M53, NGC 5024) is a magnitude 7.6 globular cluster in the constellation
of Coma Berenices, and is located at a distance of about 58,000 light years. It has an
apparent size of 13 arc minutes.
Date: June 12, 24, 26, July 1-2 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 (unbinned): Luminance: 13x5 min, R:8x5 min, G:8x3.3 min, B:8x6
min for a total time of 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