Messier 68

This photo was obtained with VLT KUEYEN on April 4, 1999. It is reproduced from an excellent 60-second R(ed)-band exposure of the innermost region of a globular cluster, Messier 68 (NGC 4590), in the southern constellation Hydra (The Water-Snake). The distance to this 8-mag cluster is about 35,000 light years, and the diameter is about 140 light-years. The excellent image quality is 0.38 arcsec, demonstrating a good optical and mechanical state of the telescope, already at this early stage of the commissioning phase. The field measures about 90 x 90 arcsec 2. The original scale is 0.0455 pix/arcsec and there are 2048x2048 pixels in one frame. North is up and East is left.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso9923a
Type:Observation
Release date:7 April 1999
Related releases:eso9923
Size:1985 x 1983 px

About the Object

Name:M 68, Messier 68
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:35000 light years
Constellation:Hydra

Image Formats

Large JPEG
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Screensize JPEG
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Wallpapers

1024x768
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1280x1024
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1600x1200
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2048x1536
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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 39 28.12
Position (Dec):-26° 44' 28.01"
Field of view:1.52 x 1.51 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 42.5° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope

 

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