Abell 2151 - Hercules Galaxy Cluster

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, May 2016

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

ASA 10" Astrograph, ASA 3" Wynne-Corrector
ASA DDM60, no Guiding

Camera / Exposure

FLI ML8300 with Astrodon filters
L 61 x 10min, R 16 x 5min, G 16 x 5min, B 16 x 5min

Total exposure time: 14h 10min


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Abell 2151 (also called The Hercules Cluster) is a cluster of about 200 galaxies at a distance of about 500 million light-years in the constellation Hercules. The cluster is part of the larger Hercules Supercluster, which is itself part of the much larger Great Wall super-structure.

The Hercules Cluster contains many spiral galaxies, a smaller number of elliptical galaxies and shows many interacting galaxies. This image clearly shows the star forming galaxies with a blue tint and galaxies with older stellar populations with a yellowish cast.

This image was "Astrofoto der Woche (AdW)" (astrophoto of the week) on 2016/08/15 (week 33) on Astronomie.de:
33. Woche - Der galaxyhaufen Abell 2151 im Herkules

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