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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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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 12

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

A.k.a. NGC 6218
Type: Globular Cluster
Distance from earth: Approx. 15.700 ly
Constellation: Ophiuchus
Telescope: Robtics 115mm triplet apo @ F/6.9
Camera: Atik 383L+ monochrome
Exposure: 10x 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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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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NGC 7023

by on Sep.20, 2011, under NGC Objects

A.k.a.: Iris Nebula
A.k.a.: Caldwell 4
Type: Reflection Nebula
Distance: 1300 light years
Radius: 3 light years
Camera: Atik 314L Color
Exposure: 20x 300s, 5 darks, no flats
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2

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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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