June 2020 - Picture of the Month
NGC 5986 in Lupus
It's summer here in the north, so the skies are bright unless you head further south, so I decided to look for an object that's visible from southern climes. It then struck me that we haven't had a globular cluster for a while.
Here's an wonderful image of a globular that doesn't get as much press as it's Messier cousins further north. It's a bright cluster and shouldn't pose problems for small telescopes. As always resolving the stars in these globular clusters benefits from more aperture.
It's a beauty though, and when I contacted Steve to ask if I could use his image he laughed and told me that he was processing a new version for which he'd just collected the data with his new, and bigger, scope. So this is hot from the press!
James Whinfrey - Website Administrator.