Category Archives: NGC Object

The Sunflower Galaxy – Messier 63

Here is a view of the Sunflower Galaxy, Messier 63 (M63) found in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is a spiral galaxy surrounded by many short spiral arm segments. It is also a member of a group of galaxies referred to as the M51 Group. The Sunflower Galaxy lies roughly 37 million light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 9.3.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 42 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 5 x 60 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount (ASI290MC and Canon 400mm lens for guiding). Imaging was done on March 23, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

The Eskimo Nebula – NGC 2392 in Gemini

Here is a quick 15-minute exposure of the double-shell planetary nebula called The Eskimo Nebula or NGC 2392. It is located in the constellation Gemini and is about 2,900 light-years away at a magnitude of 10.1. I need more exposure time to bring out the filaments in the outer shell to make it look like a face surrounded by a parka hood.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 60 x 15 second images at ISO 3,200 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames (captured using BackyardEOS software) using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on February 18, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

NGC 2158 – The Open Cluster Behind Messier 35

The open cluster NGC 2158 is one of those things that made me do a “double take” when I got back into astrophotography several years ago. Of course I knew about the open cluster Messier 35 (M35), but when I looked at my first DSLR photo of M35 and spotted that hazy little ball nearby, I thought I found something new, a comet perhaps….not the case.

NGC 2158 is located in the constellation Gemini, southwest of M35. While it looks like they are close together, NGC 2158 is actually around 9,000 light-years behind M35 (11,000 light-years from Earth). It has an apparent magnitude of 8.6.

Tech Specs: The close-up image is composed of 14 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on February 26, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. The wide-field inset view was taken in 2014 using a Canon 6D and 400mm lens.

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…Tom

NGC 2438 – Planetary Nebula in Puppis

NGC 2438 is a planetary nebula found inside the open cluster M46 in the constellation Puppis. I remember the first time I imaged M46 and spotted this fuzzy planetary nebula, I thought I discovered something new! My star atlas, at the time, did not show this NGC object. This planetary nebula is actually not part of the open cluster, it just appears in the same line of sight. It’s estimated distance is 3,000 light years away and has a magnitude of 10.8.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 40 x 15 second images at ISO 5,000 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on February 18, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

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…Tom

NGC 2022 – Planetary Nebula in the Constellation Orion

NGC 2022 is a small planetary nebula found in the shoulder of the constellation Orion, it is roughly 6000 light-years away and is roughly ½ light-year across. The magnitude is listed as 12.0.  I did manage to capture some details inside this PN.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 104 x 15 second images at ISO 5,000 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on December 27, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

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…Tom

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