Here is one of my latest shots captured with my TPO 12” F4 Newtonian Telescope, Bisque ME Mount, and HAP Modified Canon 6D DSLR Camera, ISO 800, 20 minute exposure on 06-18-2022 at my Observatories in JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Messier 22 or M22, also known as NGC 6656, is an elliptical globular cluster of stars in the constellation Sagittarius,
near the Galactic bulge region. It is one of the brightest globulars visible in the night sky.
M22 can be seen with the naked eye from a dark location. The best time to observe the cluster is during July & August.
M22 is easily visible in Binoculars or a small telescope.
M22 has a diameter of about 100 light years, It is said to contain over 500,000 stars.
Located 10,000 light-years from Earth, the cluster’s relatively bright apparent magnitude of 5.1 makes it a popular target for today’s amateur astronomers.
You can find it just above the top of the Teapot Asterism in Sagittarius.
Containing some of the oldest known stars, globular clusters are popular objects of study for astronomers.
This bright globular cluster sits amongst one of the richest of star fields near the central bulge of our Milky Way Galaxy.