PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
Location of photoHendersonville, TN
Date/Time of photoJune 13, 2009
Equipment10" Orion Newtonian f/4.7 w/Baader MPCC; Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD, Guided; Canon 350D (self-modified) w/Astronomik EOS Clip IR filter, 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter; 9 x 300s @ ISO 400
DescriptionAt magnitude 8.00, The Gumball Globular is one of the more faint clusters in Ophiuchus. At one time, it was considered to be a "closely-packed" open cluster rather than a globular. M12 was discovered by Charles Messier on May 30, 1764 and lies approximately 16,000 light-years away from Earth.