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NGC 2419: The Intergalactic Wanderer

NGC 2419 is often called the "Intergalactic Wanderer" because of its very remote distance from our galaxy (in excess of 250,000 light years away). It could very well be that this cluster some how attained an escape velocity and has left the gravitational confines of our Milky Way. The view looking back at us must be remarkable. This cluster is intrinsically quite bright and if it was at the same distance as famous clusters like M13 or M5 it would outshine them! However, the reality is that this cluster only hints at its blazing glory with the aid of sensitive CCD cameras and telescopes.

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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.

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 = 45 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Doug Matthews and Charles Betts/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF