OPEN CLUSTER IN CENTAURUS
(Image Centred at ra 13h:53.57m / dec -61:52.00)
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August 2014 - Home Backyard in Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
TYPE: Open Cluster
Apparent magnitude: 6
Apparent dimension: 15 arc minutes
Distance: 1215 pc (source Galaxy Map)
SCOPE: 8" Orion Optics UK w/TeleVue ParaCorr working at f5.75 and 1150 mm fl
CAMERA: QSI 583 WS. Resolution 0.97
FILTERS: Baader LRGB, 2" IDAS LPS for all channels
SKY CONDITIONS: urban skies
EXPOSURES: LRGB (30,30,30,30) all bin 1x1
OBJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMAGE SESSION
A rather bright open cluster with 35 to 40 stars grouped in an area of 10 arc minutes. The cluster contains red giants stars. Clusters with this type of stars are well suitable for stellar evolution studies. NGC 5316 is located almost 2 degrees from Beta Centauri to the South West.
The cluster was discovered by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop in 1826 using a 9 inches f12 telescope.