Globular cluster M5

The bright globular cluster Messier 5 (NGC 5904) in Serpens, shown from a 15-second yellow-light (V-band) exposure (in twilight) with a Tektronix 2048x2048 CCD at the prime focus of the 4-meter Mayall telescope of Kitt Peak National Observatory. North is at the top and east to the left, for direct comparison with a chart or eyepiece view. The image has been block-averaged to 512x512 for this presentation, which uses a logarithmic intensity transformation to preserve information across a wide dynamic range. The field is 14.3 arcminutes square.

For comparison, here is a BVR 3-color composite image from the 1-meter SARA telescope at Kitt Peak.

This is one of the brighter globular clusters visible from the northern hemisphere, with a listed magnitude of 5.8 (not to be more specific, that's from the Sky Publishing Messier Card).

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