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.

Abell 39

Abell 39 is a low surface brightness planetary nebula in the constellation of Hercules. It is almost perfectly spherical and also one of the largest known spheres with a radius of about 2.5 light-years. It is located 6800 light years away. Imaged using GSO RC8 telescope at f/8 or 1600 mm focal length, unguided using MyT mount and protrack. QSI 683 mono camera.

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

Another look at M42

False color image SHO
RGB color

One last look toward orion for the year. M42 in color and false color. False color mapped SHO, sulfur to Red, Hydrogen to green, Oxygen to blue. Taken with GSO RC8 telescope @ f/8.

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.

Flaming Star Nebula

Nebula is located 1500 light years away both an emission and reflection nebula. Imaged with GSO RC 8 tlescope, QSI683 mono camera, MyT mount.

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.

Messier 50

Messier 50 an open cluster of stars with 508 confirmed stars in the group. Just a quick image during full moon. 2 hours each channel RGB. GSO RC8 telescope, QSI 683 mono camera, MyT mount

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