Amateur Astrophotography

Skywatcher Skymax Maksutov-Cassegrain f = 1500mm / D=127mm F12 SynScan AZ GOTO
Skywatcher Skyhawk Newtonian f= 500mm (450mm) / D=114mm F4
Skywatcher Explorer 130PDS Newtonian, f=650mm / D=130mm F5 with Skywatcher Mount EQ5 Pro SynScan GoTo

9. Deep Space Adventures with Skywatcher Explorer 130PDS

Messier 10

Messier 10 is a globular star cluster located in the constellation Ophiuchus. It is located at a distance of 14,300 light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 6.4. It contains about 100,000 stars and has a spatial diameter of 83 light-years, but the central region spans about 35 light-years. Unlike other clusters, the central region of M10 contains many blue stars, stars formed 2-5 billion years ago that appear younger because they are bluer and more luminous than their neighbors.

The Skywatcher Explorer 130PDS telescope was used for the first time, Newton F5 type with 130mm aperture and 650mm focal length, mounted on a Skywatcher Eq5 Pro SynscanGoto. RisingTech G3M385 planetary camera, with Sony IMX385 sensor and UV/IR filter. In August 3rd, 50 images with 20 second exposures were obtained, which were processed using Deep Space Stacker (DSS), Fitswork, Registax and GIMP. Curious the high number of blue stars observed.