OBJECT = M14
TELESCOPE = 17.5 inch f4.5
CAMERA = ST7-E 
OBSERVER = Rusty Fletcher 
LOCATION = Seguin Outdoor Learning Center 
DATE (Yr-Mo-Dy) = 2004-04-01
TIME (UT) = 09:18:23
TOTAL EXPOSURE = 140 sec
IMAGES STACKED = 7

Globular Cluster M14 (NGC 6402) 

M14 is a slightly elliptically shaped stellar swarm, about 55 light years across and 23,000 light years away. It lacks a dense central condensation (Burnham), and contains a considerably large number of over 70 variables. 

In 1938, a nove appeared in M14, which however was not discovered until 1964, when Amelia Wehlau of the University of Western Ontario surveyed a collection of photographic plates taken by Helen Sawyer Hogg between 1932 and 1963. This nova was visible on 8 plates, taken between June 21-28, 1938, as a 16th mag star. It was the second known nova in a globular cluster after that of 1860 in M80, T Scorpii, and the first one ever photographed. 

Right ascension 17 : 35.0 (hours : minutes)
Declination -03 : 13 (degrees : minutes)
Distance 23,000 light years
Visual magnitude 7.7



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