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Omega Centauri: As can be seen from this biggest and probably most brilliant of all globular clusters, these objects are tightly bound groups of stars, which are therefore arranged within a globe. They are located in a halo around our Milky Way and are among the oldest objects we know: Some of them are around 10 billion years old. The medium distances between their stars are in the light year range, often even much less. Imagine living on a planet of one of Omega Centauri´s 10 million stars: What a sight at night! If there is a night?

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

Object Omega Centauri-Core
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 5139
Constellation Centaurus
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 5min each Astrodon LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 16 Apr 2010
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