Edge-On Spiral Galaxy NGC 891 in Andromeda

The edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 891 (in the constellation Andromeda) is what many think our own Milky Way Galaxy would look like if viewed from the edge. This galaxy is about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda and was discovered by William Herschel on October 6, 1784.

Edge-On Spiral Galaxy NGC 891 in Andromeda

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 30 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks and bias frames, guided using a Canon 400mm lens with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: November 24, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Cooper’s Hawk – December 2017

With the first blanket of snowfall in the backyard, I made sure there were plenty of mixed seeds out for the Dark-eyed Juncos, Blue Jay’s, and others that will be hanging out this winter. After a loud jeering call from a Blue Jay, I spotted a hawk making a dive at the feeders, a near miss. He perched in a nearby tree waiting for another attempt. This is the Cooper’s Hawk, found widely in North America and experts at grabbing a quick meal from a nearby bird feeder (not seeds mind you).

Cooper’s Hawk – December 2017

Tech Specs: Canon T4i, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens + 2x III, ISO 800, 1/800, f/5.6, 380 mm. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania, USA. Image date: December 10, 2017.

…Tom

Perseus Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884)

Here is a view of the famous double cluster in the constellation Perseus (between Perseus and Cassiopeia), they are also designated NGC 869 and NGC 884. This is a four panel mosaic, each panel consisting of 10 minutes exposure time. Flares and star spikes were added in post processing.

Perseus Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884)

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 10 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks and bias frames for all frames, guided using a Canon 400mm lens with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: December 6, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

Clear skies!

…Tom

ARP 284 a Galactic Merger in Pisces

Here is a pair of galaxies from the Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, this one designated ARP 284 and showing the results of NGC 7714 and NGC 7715 interacting with each other causing a violent and dramatic change in both galaxy shapes. You can see the bridge of stars allowing material to transfer from the smaller galaxy to the larger one. The magnitudes of these galaxies are listed as 13 and 15 in the seds.org database.

ARP 284 a Galactic Merger in Pisces

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 39 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks and bias frames, guided using a Canon 100mm lens with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: November 20 and 21, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Messier 2 (M2) – Globular Cluster in Aquarius

Here is a view of Messier 2 (M2), a bright globular cluster in the constellation Aquarius. M2 is about 37,500 light-years away and is one of the older globs in the Milky Way.

Messier 2 (M2) – Globular Cluster in Aquarius

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 2500, 16 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS, 3 x 60 sec darks and 3 x 1/4000 sec bias frames, guided using a Canon 100mm lens with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: October 17, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

Clear skies!

…Tom

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