Also known by its New General Catalog designation of NGC 5024, Messier 53 is one of the most distant globular clusters from the Milky Way galaxy core. It is located approximately 58,000 light years from our Solar System and about 60,000 light years from the galactic core.
The Messier 53 globular cluster contains hundreds of thousands of individual stars and is approximately 220 light years in diameter.
Messer 53 was first described by Johan Elert Bode in 1775. Charles Messier added this object to his catalog as object number 53 in 1777.
February 2, 2014
An RGB image consisting of 25 minute exposures per color channel for a total exposure time of 75 minutes.
Blair Valley, Anza-Borrego State Park, San Diego County, California
Takahashi MT-160, Astro-Physics 900 GTO, SBIG ST-10XME with Baader MPCC