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Globular cluster Messier 14 lies in the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer.

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Globular cluster Messier 14 lies in the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. This object contains several hundred thousand stars, including cooler reddish stars and more massive, hot blue stars. It is about 100 light-years across and a little more than 30,000 light-years away. In the eyepiece it appears to be about one-third the size of the Full Moon, and ever-so-slightly elliptical. (10-inch Astro Systeme Austria ASA 10 astrograph at f/6.8, SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera, LRGB image with exposures of 150, 50, 50, and 40 minutes, respectively)

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