Category Archives: NGC Object

Supernova SN2017eaw in the Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946)

I had some time last evening to collect data on the Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) knowing that there was a recent supernova discovered in it, actually back in May of this year. I had the opportunity of collecting data on this galaxy in the past (2015) so I was able to compare the views and see the supernova (see pic) using my own data.

The bottom photo clearly shows the supernova with a distinctive reddish hue.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90 + Antares Focal Reducer +Canon 6D, guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ASI290MC ZWO camera. 24 x 60 second subs at ISO 1600, 3 x 60 second darks and 3 x 1/4000 second bias. Date: September 10, 2017  Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA.

…Tom


Andromeda Galaxy System

Having not had a lot of telescope time during the summer months, I find myself reprocessing data collected in the past. This is a reprocessing of the Andromeda Galaxy region including insets of the two brightest satellite galaxies, M110 and M32. This is from data collected from 2015-2016. The wide-field view was collected using a Canon 6D and 400mm lens, the inset images were captured with my Meade 12” LX90 telescope.

You can find additional details on these images on the links below:

…Tom

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

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