Waid Observatory

Object: M92

Date: July 21, 2021    -    Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: RC-10 inch   Camera: Apogee Alta F8300M   Mount: Paramount MX
Exposure:   LRGB Total Exposure = 67 min. (67 X 1 min. Bin 1 x 1)
Image Credit: Preston Starr and Donald Waid

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Discovered 1777 by Johann Elert Bode.

M92 is a very prominent globular cluster, however, it seems to be somewhat ignored by amateur astronomers in favor of its nearby companion M13, the Great Cluster in Hercules.  M92 is located in the constellation of Hercules approximately 26,000 light years from our location in the Milky Way.

M92 is one of the oldest globulars observed in the Milky Way with an estimated age in excess of 13 billion years.  This is almost as old as the universe itself!

M92 is a splendid object in even small telescopes.  In very dark skies it can be viewed visually by those with particularly good eyesight.  This spectacular cluster should be high on the list of celestial gems to be enjoyed by any backyard astronomer.


Copyright Donald P. Waid