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M65, M66 & NGC3628

by on Apr.06, 2013, under Messier Objects, NGC Objects

A.k.a.: Leo Triplet
Type: Spiral galaxies
Distance from earth: Approx. 36 +/- 5 million ly
Constellation: Leo
Telescope: Sky-Watcher Explorer-200PDS Newton
Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Exposure: 25x 25s @ ISO1600, no darks or flats
Filters: None
Additional accessories: None

This is the second picture taken with this new setup (although the Canon DSLR isn’t new, it’s my old buddy).
I’m amazed at what can be shown with such short exposures!
Still on my wishlist: coma corrector and IDAS-LPS P2 filter (I wish I never sold this one!).

Note: There is a supernova, it goes by the name of sn2013am, visible in M65 (the upper right galaxy).
sn2013am

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NGC869 & NGC884

by on Apr.06, 2013, under NGC Objects

A.k.a.: Double Cluster
Type: Open Cluster
Distance from earth: Approx. 7.500 ly
Constellation: Perseus
Telescope: Sky-Watcher Explorer-200PDS Newton
Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Exposure: 50x 60s @ ISO800, no darks or flats
Filters: None
Additional accessories: None

This is the first picture taken with this new setup.
Much better looking compared to my very first Double Cluster photo, taken over 2.5 years ago.

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