NGC 7497

The Galaxy in center is ngc 7497 some 60 million light years away. The dust in front in part of the IFN or integrated flux nebula, dust and gas from our own galaxy illuminated by the “glow” of our galaxy. Taken with an RC 8 inch telescope @ f/8 1600 mm focal length unguided using MyT mount and protrack. Total exposure time is 14 hours.

Fireworks Galaxy- NGC 6946


NGC 6946 also known as the Fireworks Galaxy is a face-on intermediate spiral galaxy with a small bright nucleus, whose location in the sky straddles the boundary between the northern constellations of Cepheus and Cygnus. Distance is 22.5 million light years. Imaged with GSO RC8 telescope @ f/8 or 1600 mm. Unguided using protrack, MyT mount. LRGB 300 second sub frames, 900 sec HA total exposure time 17 hrs.

NGC 4565

NGC 4565

NGC 4565, the needle galaxy, beautiful example of an edge on galaxy. Wiki puts distance between 30-50 million light years away. Image taken with GSO 8 inch RC telescope @ f/8 Lum 6 hours RGB is 1 hr each channel

NGC 4214

An irregular barred dwarf galaxy a mere 10 million light years away located in Canes Venatici. Captured with GSO RC 8 inch, QSI 683 mono camera, MyT mount. Exposure time was 2 hours Ha 15 min subs, RGB (binned 2×2) 34 x 240 seconds per channel, Lum 54 x 480 seconds.

ARP 188

ARP 188 – The tadpole galaxy, inspired to image by the amazing Hubble. This galaxy is 400-420 million light years away. The “tail is 280,000 light year long. Imaged with a GSO RC8 telescope QSI 683 camera atop a MyT mount. Lum – best 88x 480 seconds- RGB is binned 2×2 30 x 240 seconds per channel. Galaxy is 3.6 arc minutes long, 0.8 arc minutes across.

NGC 3344

NGC 3344 is a relatively isolated[ barred spiral galaxy located 22.5[ million light years away in the constellation Leo Minor. This galaxy belongs to the group known as the Leo spur, which is a branch of the Virgo Supercluster. Image taken with an 8 inch RC telescope, QSI 683 mono CCD, MyT mount. Lum = 80 x 480 seconds, RGB was binned 2×2 32 x 240 second each channel, Ha 16 x 900 seconds. I’m amazed when zoomed in on the full resolution how many distant fuzzy galaxies in this picture.

NGC 2841

NGC 2841 is an inclined unbarred spiral galaxy exhibiting a prominent inner ring structure in the constellation Ursa Major 46 million light years distant. RC8 telescope, MyT mount, QSI683 camera.Lum is 480 second sub frames x 101. RGB is binned 2×2 2 hrs each channel 240 second subs

Messier 100

Messier 100 a grand design intermediate spiral galaxy NGC 4323 and NGC 4328 are connected to M 100 by a bridge of luminous matter. This group lies 52-55 million light years away in Coma Berenices. NGC 4312 is in the upper right of image some 36 million light years away. Taken with GSORC8 telescope, MyT mount QSI 683 camera

NGC 3184

Spiral galaxy in Ursa Major approx 40 million light years away. Captured using 8 inch RC telescope, QSI 683 mono camera, Astrodon filters, MyT mount. LRGB- Lum is 86 x 8 mins or just over 11 hours. RGB is 3 hours each channel.

NGC 4395

NGC 4395 a low surface brightness spiral galaxy. It is notable for containing one of the smallest supermassive black hole with an accurately-determined mass. The central black hole has a mass of “only” 300,000 Sun masses, which would make it a so-called “intermediate-mass black hole”. Taken with 8 inch RC telescope, QSI683 mono camera, astrodon filters, MyT mount. Lum= 4.25 hrs-8 min subs. RGB = 18 x 4 mins or 1.2 hours per channel.