Draco Triple

From top to bottom are edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 5981, elliptical galaxy NGC 5982, and a stunning face-on spiral NGC 5985. Distance is approx 130 million light years in constellation Draco. Center galaxy has multiple shells around the core. Plenty of distant dim fuzzy galaxies in the backround. Taken with 8 inch RC telescope @ f/8 unguided using MyT mount and mono ccd. Exposure times are RGB 240 sec x 30 each channel, Luminance is 100 x 240 seconds.

Hoag’s Galaxy

Hoag’s Object

Taken with RC8 telescope @ f/8 unguided using Protrack, QSI 683 mono camera, MyT mount. Luminance exposure was best 100 frames (took 186)x480 seconds, RGB 36 each channel x 240 seconds.

Hoag’s Object is a ring galaxy 620 million light years distant in constellation Serpens, the younger blue stars form a ring around the older core of yellow stars. Unseen here but visible in Hubble images there is another ring galaxy inside this ring.

Siamese twins

NGC 4567 & NGC 4568

The Siamese Twins, also known as the Butterfly Galaxies, are a pair of colliding unbarred spiral galaxies located in Virgo constellation. The galaxies lie at a distance of 59.4 million light years and are members of the Virgo Cluster. Imaged using 8inch RC telescope @ F/8 unguided using MyT mount and Protrack. Exposure times 150x 240 seconds for Lum RGB 30 x 240 seconds each channel. Last date imaged was March 31 and I started a new project a few days later a supernova was found in NGC 4568 which is the larger of the two galaxies.

Messier 66

Messier 66 a weak barred spiral in Leo with loosely wound arms, part of the Leo triplet. Imaged using 8 inch RC telescope @f/8 unguided using MyT mount, QSI 683 mono camera. Exposure times LRGB 240 second sub frames x 250. 30 each channel RGB the rest on Lum. 5 hours spent on HA as well, sub frames 900 seconds.

I could have cropped it out I suppose the rainbow diffraction pattern top L of image is created by a magnitude 7 star just out of field of view.

Abell 2151

Abell 2151

Image of Abell 2151 centered on NGC 6045. The cluster contains some 200 galaxies 500 million light years distant. Taken with 8 inch RC telescope, 683 mono camera. Exposure times LRGB 240 second subs 30 each channel RGB, 140 x 240 for Lum.

M 63 The Sunflower galaxy

M 63

Colorful with plenty of dark dust bands breaking up the color, home to 400 billion stars. I give you Messier 63, located 27 million light years distant in constellation Canes Venatici. Classified as a flocculent galaxy because spiral arms aren’t visible. I think the spiral structure is obvious however without any clear arms. Taken with 8 inch RC telescope @f/8 unguided using protrack and MyT mount, mono cooled QSI 683 camera. Total exposure 18 hours.

NGC 3079

NGC 3079 50 million light years distant in Ursa Major. Large telescopes will show giant “bubbles” coming from area of super massive black hole. There are several other galaxies shown in the field of view. I find the most interesting object the marked quasar toward upper left of center. The 2 bluish objects is actually 1 object gravitationally lensed there is a 417 day delay in any change in brightness between the two objects.

Taken with 8 inch RC telescope @ f/8 unguided using protrack and MyT mount QSI 683 mono camera astrodon filters. Exposure times were 240 seconds each channel LRGB 3 hours each RGB hours Lum.

Messier 95

A barred spiral galaxy 33 million light years distant observable in constellation Leo. Taken with 8 inch RC telescope @ f/8 unguided using MyT mount and protrack, QSI 683 mono camera. Exposure times RGB 240 x 20 each channel, Lum is 88 x 240 seconds.

Cigar galaxy or Messier 82

12 million light years distant a starburst galaxy in Ursa Major. Imaged using RC 8 telescope at f/8 unguided. LRGB subframes 480 seconds HA 900 seconds total exposure time 12 hours.