Posted March 11, 2006
This image was captured last spring and I'm just now completing the processing with some newly discovered techniques. Messier 4 is located in the constellation of Scorpius. During March, Scorpius can be found directly south in the early morning hours. If you have a southern view, and can locate Scorpius, Messier 4 is a relatively easy object to spot. Using binoculars, find the bright red giant star Antares (Alpha Scorpii). Center Antares in the field of view, then pan a very short distance west. The structure of Messier 4 is really fascinating. The longer you look at it the more patterns you will see. Long arcing strings of pearls, spikes, and glowing gems.