Globular Cluster M56 (NGC 6779), class X, in Lyra.

RA 19:16.6 (h:m); DEC +30:11 (deg:m); Distance 32900 light years
Visual Brightness 8.3 (mag); Apparent Dimension 7.1 (arc min)

M56 is located about half-way between Beta Cygni (Albireo) and Gamma Lyrae. It is one of the less bright Messier globulars, especially lacking the bright core which most globulars have. Nevertheless it is not too difficult to resolve, even at its rather large distance.

Source and more: SEDS


October 12, 2008 18:03 - 18:25 UT.
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO at f/6.8 [focal length 545 mm], ATK16IC camera, Astronomik LRGB filters.
Exposures: L: 5x120s [1x1]; RGB: 5x40s [2x2], unguided.

July 31, 2003 23:00 - 23:07 UT
17x20 seconds exposure, unguided.
YRGB processing.