Category Archives: Messier Objects

Messier 108 – The Surfboard Galaxy

Messier 108 (M108), nicknamed the Surfboard Galaxy, is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy lies at an approximate distance of 45.9 million light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 10.7.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 27 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 5 x 60 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. Guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ZWO ASI290MC camera. Imaging was done on February 26, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m108.html)

ScienceBlogs (http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2013/07/22/messier-monday-a-galactic-sliver-in-the-big-dipper-m108/)

…Tom

Globular Cluster Messier 3 (M3)

Messier 3 (also known as M3 or NGC 5272) is a globular cluster found in the northern constellation of Canes Venatici. M3 is one of the three brightest globular clusters in the Northern hemisphere (along with M13 and M5).

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 8 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 4 x 60 second darks and 4 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ZWO ASI290MC camera. Imaging was done on April 14, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m003.html)

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_3)

…Tom

Globular Cluster Messier 53 (M53)

Messier 53 (also known as M53 or NGC 5024) is a globular cluster in the Coma Berenices constellation and is one of the more outlying globular clusters. It is roughly 60,000 light-years away from our solar system.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 10 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 4 x 60 second darks and 4 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ZWO ASI290MC camera. Imaging was done on April 14, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m053.html)

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_53)

…Tom

Messier 97 – The Owl Nebula

The Owl Nebula (also known as Messier 97, M97 or NGC 3587) is a planetary nebula located approximately 2,030 light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The owl-like appearance is caused by various formed shells expanding away from the central star.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 23 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 4 x 60 second darks and 4 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ZWO ASI290MC camera. Imaging was done on April 14, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Online information:

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m097.html)

APOD (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090515.html)

…Tom

Messier 109 – A Barred Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major

Messier 109 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major, it is about 84 million light-years away it has a magnitude of 10.6.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 50 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.

This 20-minute wide-field view was taken on March 22, 2017 using a Canon 6D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, and an iOtron ZEQ25GT mount. 120×10 at ISO800 and f/5.6.

Online information:

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_109)

APOD (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130523.html)

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m109.html)

…Tom

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