Blessed with clear, moonless evening skies, I imaged my two favorite globular clusters last night. They are, not by accident, the brightest and most impressive of them all: Omega (ω) Centauri and 47 Tucanae, a.k.a. NGC 5139 and NGC 104.
47 Tucanae is the second brightest globular cluster of the night sky, a little fainter than ω Centauri, but still easily visible with the unaided eye. The cluster is more concentrated and smaller than Omega - it looks almost like a star. It contains less stars (about one million) and is also about 17000 light years from our planet.
Both clusters are best viewed from the southern hemisphere, especially 47 Tucanae, which is close to the Small Magellanic Cloud in the constellation Tucana.
Below is a picture of my equipment used to take these pictures. It's pretty simple and light weight. Tracking was done with an Astrotrac TT320X-AG mount on a home made "Vela" travel pier, the optics is a 70mm/420mm ED refracting telescope. The camera used is a Canon 600D DSLR (not shown here, because I used it for this snapshot).