NGC 5286

Combination of 10, 1 minute exposures, SBIG STL-1001E CCD camera.
300mm f/6 newtonian telescope at prime focus.

NGC 5286 is a moderately bright and well condensed globular cluster in Centaurus, not far from the magnificent globular cluster, Omega Centauri. If NGC 5286 were situated anywhere else in the sky, it would be much better known and receive much more attention from observers. A good object in a medium sized telescope, the cluster is partly resolved in an 8" telescope. One difficulty in observing this cluster is the presence of the 4th magnitude star, SAO 241157 in the field.