M30 - A Globular Cluster in Capricornus


Messier 30 is a bright globular cluster that is not easily visible for Northern hemisphere observers as it lies in the Southern constellation Capricornus and so does not rise much in the horizon. It has a magnitude of 7.7 and is about 93 light-years wide.


We imaged M30 at random, just wanted to squeeze in this object before packing up and going home, and so only spent thirty minutes on it. From a Bortle 5 zone, it was just enough to get a great image!