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Location of Photo:

Okeechobee, Florida

Date/Time of photo:

April 27, 2017


Paramount ME II, Esprit 150, Microline 16200.


A gorgeous globular cluster in the southern constellation of Serpens.




Image of Joe Stieber

Joe Stieber

May 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm

A beautiful image of M5, but with it being dead center, it looks like a go-to mount rather than a photographer composed the picture, especially with 5 Serpentis stuck in the upper-left corner. Also, I wonder why you would call Serpens a southern constellation? Most of Caput, where M5 is located (at +2 deg declination) is north of the celestial equator, and Cauda is roughly half-and-half with respect to the celestial equator.

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Image of Richard S. Wright Jr.

Richard S. Wright Jr.

May 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Hi Joe, and thanks for your comments.

I called it a southern constellation because it is to MY south... but you are right, this is unclear and I will watch for that in the future.

As for the framing, I also appreciate your opinion. I thought a bit about it, and cropped to keep the star purposely. Artistic taste can be subjective at times I suppose. I wanted to convey how large the cluster was, but also wanted to show the details and I didn't feel like I could retain that by cropping wider, and moving it off center.


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