Globular Cluster M5
The Globular Cluster M5 resides 24,500 light-years away in the constellation Serpens.   At an age of 13 billion years, it is one of the most ancient globular clusters known,
forming only a few billion years after the Big Bang.  M5 is one of the 160 globular clusters known to reside in a spherical halo around the Milky Way's galactic center.  M5 is
one of the larger globular clusters,  containing about 100,000 stars within a diameter of 165 light years.

The image above combined 24 minutes red with 36 minutes each of green and blue exposures.  A QSI-583wsg camera was used through a 305 mm AP Ricardi-Honders
Astrograph at f3.8.  The image below combined 30 minutes luminance exposures with 9 minutes of green and 15 minutes red and 12 minutes of blue exposures.  An
ST10XME camera was used through a TEC 140mm refractor at f7.  Both images were obtained at the Hidden Lake Observatory.
Music:  Living in the Past, by Jethro Tull
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