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NGC 5139 (Omega Centauri)
Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri is the King of Globs.  It is the brightest and largest globular cluster visible to us.  To the naked eye it looks like a peculiar fuzzy star.  Estimates of the number of stars it contains vary widely.  Situated in the southern sky it contains somewhere between 700,000 and 1.5 million stars.  It has an apparent diameter the same size as the moon.  The gallery contains a great closeup shot of this.  Click the image at left for more.

NGC 104 (47 Tucanae)
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NGC 104 is the Queen of Globs.  It is the second brightest and second largest globular cluster.   Only the famous Omega Centauri is bigger and brighter.  It is located very close to the Small Magellenic Cloud and looks to the naked eye like a dim fuzzy star.   It is a beautiful thing to see in a large aperture telescope.  I remember seeing it for the first time in an 8" scope and wondering at how its wonderful pattern of stars seemed to be just hanging in space somehow.

M7 in Scorpius
M7 Open Cluster

A beautiful cluster set in one of the brightest Milky Way star fields.   A bright colorful cluster.  In the background, far, far away, thousands of suns blaze quietly.

NGC 3532
Jewel Chain

NGC 3532 is one of the finest sights for binoculars or a small telescope, even naked-eye at dark sites.  This large densely packed open cluster is a feature of the southern sky.  When I first saw this cluster in my small 4.5" reflector I was captivated by it.  It was like seeing a chain of diamonds hanging in the sky.   There are around two hundred very bright, densely packed, sparkling stars in this lot.  It has no name !  I call it the Jewel Chain.

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