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M80

This globular cluster has the distinction of being one of the most concentrated in our galaxy (NGC 1851 is another good example). This cluster is estimated to be 26,000 light years away and perhaps 70 light years in diameter.

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Last Updated: 25-Jun-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the very dim and very bright details of

the image simultaneously.

Luminance = 15 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 5 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 5 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 5 minutes binned 2x2

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