(IAAC) Lovely M56 [CCD images]
Lyra's M56 is a globular that seems to lie a bit off the beaten track,
though I am not sure why. I imaged it last night, and was surpassed by
it's intrinsic beauty. To me, it's lovelier than M13 with it's
non-symmetrical spindly arms. It appears also to be a smaller than M3.
M3 lies out at about the same distance as M56 at 34LY. It could be that
M3 is just brighter. But no matter, both are astonishingly beautiful.
If you check out the images of M56 around the web, they really don't
look like much. I am not sure why that is, but I have a little
something to spruce up the good name of that pretty little globular.
Please visit http://www.highenergyastro.homestead.com and click on the
large thumbnail of M1 in the upper right corner of the page. This will
take you to a small cluttered page of links to my images. Click on M56,
For those of you who are interested, I included a write-up on how the
image was produced.
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