Waid Observatory

Object: M72 - Globular Cluster
Date: Sept. 8 - 12, 2015    -    Location: Davis Mountains, Texas
Telescope: ATRC10  -  Camera: Apogee Alta F8300  -  Mount: Paramount MX
Guided using Innovations Foresight On Axis Guider (ONAG)
Exposure: Luminance = 60 min. - R, G, & B = 30 min. each
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M72, also designated NGC 6981, is located in the constellation Aquarius at an estimated distance of approximately 53,000 light years from the Earth.  At this distance, it shines only at about magnitude 10.  In actuality it is intrinsically one of the more luminous globular clusters.  M72 spans approximately 106 light years and is approaching us at 255 km/sec.


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