Finding M53 Cluster

M53 lies south east of Arcturus and north east of Spica in the Constellation of Coma Berenices. The Constellation is in the shape of a right angle and the Cluster is right next to a star called Diadem which is at one end of the right angle Imaging Like most Globula Clusters M53 is fairly easy to image. You will get decent results from just a few short exposures. Just remember to keep an eye on your ISO settings so as not to blow out the core of the Cluster but high enough to capture the fainter stars on the edge of the cluster.
(Image from SkySafari 6 Plus)

M53 Cluster

Description: Globula Cluster Common Name: M53 Messier Catalogue: 53 NGC: 5024 Constellation: Coma Berenices Size: 13.0 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +7.61 Distance: 58 Thousand Light Years
February - August

Image Specification

Date Taken: 04/05/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: Barlow: N/A Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: Yes Guide Camera: ZWO 120MC Guidescope: QHYCCD MINI Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi-APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Video: N/A Light Frames: 11 x 180 Seconds Total Exposure: 33 minutes Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
© Paul’s Astrophotography 2020 Galaxies Nebulae Narrowband

Finding M53

Cluster

M53 lies south east of Arcturus and north east of Spica in the Constellation of Coma Berenices. The Constellation is in the shape of a right angle and the Cluster is right next to a star called Diadem which is at one end of the right angle

M53 Cluster

Description: Globula Cluster Common Name: M53 Messier Catalogue: 53 NGC: 5024 Constellation: Coma Berenices Size: 13.0 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +7.61 Distance: 58 Thousand Light Years
February - August
Imaging Like most Globula Clusters M53 is fairly easy to image. You will get decent results from just a few short exposures. Just remember to keep an eye on your ISO settings so as not to blow out the core of the Cluster.

Image Specification

Date Taken: 04/05/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: Barlow: N/A Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: Yes Guide Camera: ZWO 120MC Guidescope: QHYCCD MINI Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi-APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Video: N/A Light Frames: 11 x 180 Seconds Total Exposure: 33 minutes Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
© Paul’s Astrophotography 2020