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M63 (Sunflower Galaxy)

by on Jul.24, 2012, under Messier Objects, NGC Objects

A.k.a.: Sunflower Galaxy
A.k.a. NGC 5055
Type: Globular Cluster
Distance from earth: Approx. 37.000.000 ly
Constellation: Canes Venatici (hunting dogs)
Telescope: Robtics 115mm triplet apo @ F/6.9
Camera: Atik 383L+ monochrome
Exposure: 14x 300s + 1x dark pixel map
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Additional accessories: Robtics field flattener, Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel

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M 84, M 86 and more

by on May.25, 2012, under Messier Objects, NGC Objects

This is only a small part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies, which contains about 1500 galaxies in total.
In this image, the following galaxies are easily spotted, from right to left: M84, M86 with NGC 4402 above, NGC 4425, NGC 4438, NGC 4435, NGC 4461, NGC 4458 and NGC 4473 in the far left, upper corner.
Close inspection will reveal even more smaller and fuzzy galaxies.

Type: Spiral Galaxy
Distance from earth: ranging anywhere between 50.000.000 and 60.000.000 ly, and beyond
Constellation: Virgo
Telescope: Robtics 115mm triplet apo @ F/6.9
Camera: Atik 383L+ monochrome
Exposure: single 600s shot, no darks
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Additional accessories: Robtics field flattener, Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel

This is actually the very first image taken with the new (secondhand) Atik 383L+ monochrome camera and the Starlight Xpress filter wheel.
It was just a test, because I wanted to see how deep it could go. I think it’s a great start, considering it’s only a single shot.

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M 51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)

by on May.25, 2012, under Messier Objects, NGC Objects

A.k.a. Whirlpool Galaxy
A.k.a. NGC 5194
A.k.a. Arp 85
Type: Spiral Galaxy
Distance from earth: Approx. 23.000.000 ly
Constellation: Canus Venatici (Hunting Dogs)
Telescope: Robtics 115mm triplet apo @ F/6.9
Camera: Atik 383L+ monochrome
Exposure: 8x 600s + 1x 600s dark
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Additional accessories: Robtics field flattener, Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel

The smaller, interacting galaxy is known as NGC 5195. Both galaxies are also referred to as M51a and M51b (the last one being the smaller galaxy).

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NGC 7331

by on Jan.16, 2012, under NGC Objects

NGC 7331 & ARP319 (Stephan’s Quintet)

Camera: Atik 314L color
Exposure: 12x480s light frames, 0 dark frames, 0 flats.
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Telescope: Robtics 115mm F/6.9 Triplet Apo

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Abell Galaxy Cluster (AGC 426) in Perseus

by on Oct.24, 2011, under NGC Objects

Type: Lots of all kinds of galaxies
Constellation: Perseus
Distance From Earth: Varies anywhere between approx. 200,000,000 – 280,000,000 light years, some possibly even more distant

Camera: Atik 314L color
Exposure: 20x480s light frames, 5 dark frames, 0 flats.
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Telescope: Robtics 130mm F/6.9 Triplet Apo

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The Draco Trio (NGC 5985, 5982 and 5981)

by on Oct.24, 2011, under NGC Objects

NGC 5985
Type: Face-on Spiral Galaxy

NGC 5982
Type: Elliptical Galaxy

NGC 5981
Type: Edge-on Spiral Galaxy

Common information
Constellation: Draco
Distance From Earth: Approx. 100,000,000 light years

Camera: Atik 314L color
Exposure: 36x480s light frames, 5 dark frames, 0 flats.
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Telescope: Robtics 130mm F/6.9 Triplet Apo

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NGC 891 v2

by on Oct.16, 2011, under NGC Objects

A.k.a. Caldwell 23
Type: Unbarred Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Andromeda
Telescope: Robtics 130mm triplet apo @ F/6.9
Camera: Atik 314L color
Exposure: 8x 300s + 20x 600s light frames, 4x 300s darks
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2

Previous version can be viewed here.

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M 81 (Bode’s Galaxy) Reworked

by on May.18, 2011, under Messier Objects

I still can’t make any new images, so I decided to redo some post-processing some images.
One of these reworked images is M81, hope you like it!


For comparison, here’s the “old” version:

Type: Spiral Galaxy
A.k.a.: NGC3031, Bode’s Galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance From Earth: 12,000,000 light years
Diameter: 95,000 light years

Camera: Atik 314L color
Exposure: 43x600s light frames, 0 dark frames, 0 flats
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Telescope: Skywatcher 120 ED Pro

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NGC 3020, 3016, 3019 & 3024

by on Mar.29, 2011, under NGC Objects

Below is an inverted image, showing all the galaxies visible in this frame:

NGC 3020
Type: Spiral Galaxy
A.k.a.: UGC 5271
Constellation: Leo
Distance From Earth: 100,000,000 light years

Camera: Atik 314L color
Exposure: 20x240s light frames, 0 dark frames, 0 flats.
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Telescope: Skywatcher 120 ED Pro

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NGC 3227 & NGC 3226

by on Mar.28, 2011, under NGC Objects

NGC 3227:
Type: Spiral Galaxy
A.k.a.: UGC 5620, Arp 94
Constellation: Leo
Distance From Earth: 75,000,000 light years
Diameter: 110,000 light years

NGC 3226:
Type: Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy
A.k.a.: UGC 5617, Arp 94
Constellation: Leo
Distance From Earth: 75,000,000 light years
Diameter: 50,000 light years

Camera: Atik 314L color
Exposure: 26x420s light frames, 0 dark frames, 0 flats.
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Telescope: Skywatcher 120 ED Pro

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