Globular Cluster M3

Globular Cluster M3

Certainly not the best astrophoto I have ever taken, but reasonably pleasing, because there is much more in it than I thought when I took it. It was not fully dark and there was a first quarter moon, so the sky background was bright. There was hazy high cloud. Even so, there are stars down to 15th magnitude and you can see a galaxy (NGC 5263 – magnitude 13.4) over to the left of the image. Focus is not too awful.

The image was taken with an Atik 320e camera, trialling the new OSX drivers and example software. You can learn more about M3 here and here