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Omega Centauri (Globular Cluster)
Omega Centauri (Globular Cluster)
Omega Centauri or NGC 5139 
 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Centaurus that was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1677. Located at a distance of 15,800 light-years (4,850 pc), it is the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. Omega Centauri is so distinctive from the other galactic globular clusters that it is thought to have an alternate origin as the core remnant of a disrupted dwarf galaxy.

The image was shot from Ft Davis during the Texas Star Party (May 25th - June 1st).  This is an RGB image with approximately 30 min of data recorded through each filter.  The telescope and camera used to capture the image is a Takahashi TOA 130 scope @ 1000 mm coupled to a Starlight Xpress H35 camera controlled at -20°C.  Guiding was done with a Starlight Xpress Superstar autoguider coupled to a Takahashi FS78 scope.  Processing was done utilizing Maxim DL and Photoshop.