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Globular Cluster M5: M5 in the constellation of Serpens is one of the larger but also one of the oldest Globular Clusters associated with Milky Way. The age is appr. 13 billion years compared with the age of the universe of 13.7 billion years. This shows that these objects are among the oldest in the universe.  It is in a distance of about 24500 LY and its diameter is 165 LY.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Globular Cluster M5
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 005
Constellation Serpens
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/9 in corrected secondary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, CCD Stack, Photoshop. Color Code R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 7+10 Apr 2011
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