NGC 4438/ARP120

Pair of interacting galaxies 52 million light years distant in Virgo constellation. Many surround galaxies part of the Markarian’s Chain. Cant say Im really happy with the way this turned out. I tried something different with noise reduction and sharpening of image. Might still give the data another whirl. Imaged using RC8 inch unguided QSI 683 camera.

NGC 4569

Messier 90

NGC 4569 (Messier 90) intermediate spiral galaxy located 60 million light years distant. A member of the Virgo Cluster located in Virgo constellation. Imaged using RC 8 telescope @ f/8 or 1600 mm unguided using MyT mount and protrack. 240 second sub frames, Total exposure time 16 hrs 10 hours on Luminance 2 hours each channel RGB.

NGC 4676 “The Mice Galaxies”

NGC 4676
NGC 4676 crop

2 colliding/merging galaxies  in the constellation Coma Berenices, 290 million light-years away and part of the Coma Cluster. When Hubble imaged these galaxies they counted over 3300 back round galaxies. When you zoom in a little on full size image you can see that many of the objects in the image are in fact not stars but distant back round galaxies. Imaged using 8 inch RC telescope @ f/8 (1600mm) unguided using MyT mount and protrack, QSI 683 mono CCD camera. Exposure times- 240 second subframes total exposure time L- 6 hours RGB 2 hours each. Unfortunately the 8 inch telescope and poor seeing in my backyard didn’t resolve the galaxies in much detail. NGC 4676a (on the left) you can see some of the dark dust lanes though only show as dim areas but no fine details at all. Apparent size of mice are 2′.3 × 0′.7 / 2′.2 × 0′.8 for comparison apparent size of moon is 31 arc minutes.

IC 417 “The spider”

An emission nebula in Auriga. Taken with an RC 8 telescope unguided at 1600 mm or f/8, QSI 683 mono CCD camera using MyT mount and protrack. Exposure times 240 second each subframe, Lum 5 hr RGB 1.5 hrs each

NGC 2683

NGC 2683

The UFO galaxy. An almost edge on spiral galaxy 20 million light years distant in Lynx constellation. An amazing number of small distant galaxies in the back round. Clusters at lower left and upper right, also several PGC galaxies. Imaged using 8 inch RC telescope at f/8 unguided using MyT mount, QSI 683 camera. Exposure times 240 second subframes Luminance channel is 3 hours RGB channels is 2 hours each.

M 81

Messier 81

M 81 what is there to say big, bright about 12 million light years away in Ursa Major. Several obvious Ha lines run through the spiral arms, several big dark dust lanes. Holmberg IX is a dwarf irregular galaxy and a satellite galaxy of M81. Holmberg IX is the bluish irregular at lower image. Harder to see but present on lower left is some IFN (dust illuminated by our galaxies light) Taken using an 8 inch RC telescope unguided at f/8 (1600 mm) using MyT mount and a QSI 683 mono CCD. Exposure times 7 hours on Luminance, 2 hrs each RGB channel and 6 hours on HA

NGC 1954

NGC 1954 a spiral barred galaxy in Lepus about 33 million light years distant. Many distant galaxies in the image, a large cluster of distant fuzzies in lower left of image. Taken with RC8 telescope @f/8 unguided using MyT mount, QSI 683 mono ccd. Exposure times are 240 sec subs LRGB 4/2/2/2 hours respectively.

NGC 869

NGC 869

Half of the double cluster, an open cluster in Perseus. Visible to the naked eye on a dark night (in a dark non light polluted sky) It was a full moon and couldn’t capture the galaxies I’m working on so…

NGC 691

Several galaxies in the image 2 largest are NGC691 bottom right and middle bottom is IC 167. I cannot seem to find information on the object near middle of the image appears to be a jet. Have seen object in many images just no information. Imaged using 8 inch RC telescope unguided, MyT mount, QSI 683 mono CCD. Exposure times LUM 3 hrs, RGB 2 hours each.

IC 1795

IC1795 in LRGB
IC 1795 in SHO palette

1795 widely known as the fish head nebula is a bright emission nebula of about 70 light-years across with glowing gas and dark lanes of obscuring dust, located just over 6,000 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia.

Natural colors shown in image 1, Image 2 is done mapping Sulfur to red, Hydrogen to green and Oxygen to blue. Taken using 8 inch RC telescope unguided MyT mount QSI 683 mono CCD