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Messier 92 - A Bright and Impressive Globular Cluster

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

Messier 92 is a bright and large globular cluster in the constellation Hercules. It is a great target for beginner astrophotographers and stays high in the sky for several months.

We imaged this target from a Bortle 4 zone using a refractor telescope. We only spent 2 hours on this target before switching to a different object for the night.

Object Designation: M92

Constellation: Hercules

Object Type: Globular Cluster

Distance: 26,700 light-years away

Magnitude: 6.3

Discovered in: 1777

Messier 92 Globular Cluster by NASA
Messier 92 by NASA

Messier 92 is believed to be 14.2 billion years old, meaning it is almost as old as the universe itself!

M92 is one of the oldest globular clusters in our galaxy and has been studied extensively over the years.

The image on the left was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA calls this picture "All That Glitters" and they're not wrong! M92 is home to more than 330 000 stars, how many can you count on this image?

Messier 92 is the perfect cluster for beginner astrophotographers because it is both large and very bright. It can easily be photographed with any size telescope, as well as any type of camera. The object will look great whether you capture it with an entry-level DSLR camera and small refractor, or with an astronomy-dedicated camera and a large reflector!

Below is our full image of M92! We are happy with the results, the image looks clean, the colors are natural, and several small galaxies can be seen around the frame!

Our image of Messier 92

Messier 92 Globular Cluster in Hercules Astrophotography


Camera: QHY600C

Telescope: Stellarvue SVX130