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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

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

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

Messier 81 – Bode’s Galaxy in Ursa Major

Here is a 53-minute exposure of the large spiral galaxy known as Messier 81 (M81 or Bode’s Galaxy). It is referred to as Bode’s Galaxy as it was first discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1774 and later picked up by Messier and added to his catalog. The magnitude is listed at a bright 6.9 and the distance is about 11,800,000 light-years.

I was particularly happy with capturing some of the dust clouds on the inner spiral arms during this imaging session, hoping to add more data on a later date.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 53 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 5 x 60 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. Guided using an ASI290MC mounted on a Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens using PHD2 software. Imaging was done on February 26, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Online Information:

…Tom

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