This portrait of the night skies finest globular cluster was recently captured by Gordon Mandell. It is one of the finest images of Omega we at iTelescope have seen, and we have seen many. Gordon took this image during a bright Moon lit night downunder, thus making use of a substantial Moon Discount.
Gordon used the T9 remote telescope near Melbourne Australia to image the several million stars that are bound and revolving in Omega Centauri. Or is it a captured companion galaxy to the Milky Way? It even has its own central black hole. 15,800 light years distant and the second largest of its kind known to astronomy, it is the brightest in our skies. It has the same apparent size as a full moon!
Omega was first observed by a European in 1677 when Edmond Halley listed it as a nebula. Later in the 1830s, English astronomer John William Herschel was the first to properly identify NGC 5139 as a globular cluster.
For a full resolution view and more of his work visit Gordon's Astro Image Gallery