April is the month to visit our galactic neighbors. The evening sky offers a wealth of galaxies to see,and image. I myself have imaged at least 30 in the last 2 weeks. My scope seems to have taken on a life of it’s own,and become my partner in crime. I have nailed down my goto’s,so that when I slue to a target,the object is almost dead center of the DSLR’s sensor. I also cut down my ISO a little,just to reduce noise.I am still getting 5-8 minute exposures,which is also unguided.
One of my targets last night,was M81 or commonly known as Bode’s galaxy. I was kind of inspired for several reasons. A. I haven’t imaged this galaxy in a few years. B. I have a new Canon DSLR,that is capturing higher resolution than my Pentax DSLR. C. A fellow blogger is just starting out in astronomy/astrophotography,and I wanted to give a glimpse as to what to expect with some experience under the belt. Good luck with your finals TeeJay 🙂
M81 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major.It’s companion M82 a.k.a the Cigar galaxy lies in close proximity,and can even be imaged in the same photo. Discovered in 1774 by Johann Bode and is approximately 11.8 million light years distant.
Also,note a satellite conveniently photo bombed my image as well….ugh!
Image credit Andrew Dumont