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Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 5946


Type Globular Cluster 
Position 15 35 29, -50 39 45
Constellation Norma
Camera and Telescope STXL16200 and 36.8 cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details A LRGB image with Luminance unbinned and colours binned 2x2.  The exposure times were Luminance = 60 minutes, Red = 47 minutes, Green = 53 minutes and Blue = 60 minutes.
Description NGC 5946 is a fairly ordinary globular cluster in the constellation of Norma discovered by James Dunlop in 1826. There is a fair bit of interstellar absorption in this area so the stars are somewhat reddened.  It's about 3 arcminutes in diameter with a visual magnitude of 9.6 and is estimated to be 34.6 kiloparsecs distant.