Messier 33The Pinwheel galaxy in Triangulum
Sometimes referred to as the Pinwheel galaxy in Triangulum, the bright splashs of light in this galaxy are thought to be active star forming regions.
M33 from CEWMA and DAV. 13x10 min, dark subtract, no flats or bias. Canon DSLR, AstroTech 80ED, Meade LXD 75 mount, PHD guiding.
Bode's and the Cigar GalaxyWidefield of Messiers 81 and 82
Another image from the 2010 PSSG. 37 frames of five minutes each with a modified Canon DSLR and my new favorite telescope, the 6 inch Orion Ritchey Chretien, and a f/6.3 focal reducer/flattener.
Comet 103P HartleyPassing the Perseus Double Cluster
Unlike most deep sky targets, comets look different each time they pass close enough to view. Discovered in 1986 by Malcom Hartley, this comet has an orbital period of 6.46 years. Image taken at the Peach State star gaze. Created from 25 subframes of 2 minutes each, using an Orion 6 inch Rictchey Chretien with an f/6.3 focal reducer, a modified Canon DSLR, atop a CGEM mount.
The Deerlick Group and Stephen's Quintet
The Deerlick Group and Stephen's Quintet. NGC 7331, foreground, is the brightest galaxy in the Deerlick Group. Stephen's Quintet is the faint group of galaxies at the upper right. A compact group of four galaxies, only three are visible in the picture. The distant (estimated at 300 million light years) interacting galaxies need more time to bring out the small, faint details. Taken at Deerlick Astronomy Village during the 2010 Peach State Star Gaze. Fourteen frames of 10 minutes each using a 6 inch Ritchey Chretien with an f/6.3 focal reducer and a modified DSLR.
Messier 101The Pinwheel Galaxy
Messier 101, also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, is a face on spiral galaxy that was lopsided enough that Halton Arp included it in his catalogue of peculiar galaxies. This image created from 21 frames of 10 minutes each taken at Jon Wood field through a 6 inch Orion Ritchey Chretien using a f/6.3 focal reducer and modified Canon DSLR. This gear was mounted atop a Celestron CGEM mount that was guided with PHD.
The Whirlpool GalaxyMessier 51
Actually a pair of interacting galaxies, all that remains of one galaxy is its bright core and a tidal stream of stars between the two galaxies. Taken from Jon Wood Field and Woodruff Boy Scout Camp. Thirty frames of five minutes each using a DSLR and CGEM 800. Reprocessed data from 2009 using new methods.
Messier 4Globular cluster in Scorpius
Messier 4, a bright globular cluster in Scorpius imaged from Jon Wood field. Heavy clouds of dark interstellar matter obscur and redden the color of the light from the cluster and give it a slightly orange or brown-ish appearance on color images. This image was created from 20 frames of 5 minutes each using a modified DSLR on a 6" Ritchey-Chretien with an f/6.3 Meade focal reducer/flattener, mounted on a Celestron CGEM.
Messier 64, the Black Eye GalaxyTaken at CEWMA
Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy, named for the dark, vivid dust lanes below the bright core of this galaxy. Taken at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Management Area following the April CE chapter meeting. Stack of 18 luminance sub-exposures of 5 minutes each, taken through a CGEM 800 at f/6.3, with a Meade DSI III monochrome imager. Guided with PHD guiding.
The Whale GalaxySpiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici
Resembling a whale, this slightly distorted galaxy is seen edge on from earth. A companion galaxy, the small elliptical, NGC 4627, is just above the Whale Galaxy.
The Ring NebulaMessier 57
One of the better known planetary nebulas, this small but bright nebula is estimated to be 1400 light years away. Imaged from my back yard in Vinings, GA, a UHC filter was required to mitigate the extreme light pollution that is present a few hundred yards from the Atlanta city limits.
NGC 253The Sculptor Galaxy
Also known as the silver coin galaxy. Taken at the Peach State Star Gaze. Thirty-six, five minute sub frames, taken with a Canon DSLR using an Orion 6" Ritchey Chretien with f/6.3 focal reducer.
NGC 7479Spiral Galaxy in Pegasus
NGC 7479 is an interestingly shaped barred spiral galaxy in Pegasus. I think this is the most distant object I've tried to image. At 105 million light years distant, this may be a bit of a stretch for my modest 6 inch Ritchey Chretien. Taken at Deerlick Astronomy Village during the 2012 Peach State Star Gaze.
Iris NebulaReflection Nebula in Cepheus
Taken at the 2012 Peach State Star Gaze. Frequent clouds during the PSSG made it hard to capture good color data for this target. 150 minutes of luminance data and about 90 minutes of RGB data. Taken with a 6 inch Ritchey Chretien with an SBIG ST8 camera.
IC 4603Nebula Complex in Ophiuchus and Scorpius
Part of the nebula complex in Ophiuchus and Scorpius. Taken using iTelescope equipment at Siding Springs Observatory, Australia. Two hours luminance data and three hours RGB data.
NGC 891Edge on Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda
NGC 891 is a bright edge on galaxy about 30 million light years away. Taken at the Peach State Star Gaze through a 6 inch Ritchey Chretien at f/9. Image created from 16 luminance sub frames of 10 minutes each and 60 minutes of binned data for each color channel.
NGC 772Interacting galaxy in Aires
NGC 772 is a spiral galaxy distorted by the gravitational forces of neighboring galaxy, NGC 770, seen just below the main galaxy in this image. At 130 million lights years away, this is the most distant object I've imaged. It's a bit of a stretch for a 6 inch telescope, but the shape of this galaxy was just too unique to pass up. Composed of four hours of luminance data and 2 hours for each color channel. Taken with a SBIG ST8-XME through a 6 inch Ritchey-Chretien riding on a Paramount MX mount.
47 Tucanae (NGC 104)Globular Cluster in Tucana
Located near the small Magellanic cloud, this Southern hemisphere object is one of brightest globular clusters in the sky. Taken remotely from Siding Springs Observatory, Australia.