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The Whale Galaxy NGC 4631

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Open cluster, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on April 24, 2015 by Andrew

Here is another galaxy I imaged last week. This is the first time I have seen this object.
The Whale and pup galaxies are located in the constellation Canes Venatici and are 25 million light years distant. The smaller galaxy NGC 4627, is a small elliptical,while the Whale NGC 4631 is a edge on spiral galaxy. NGC 4631 reminds me a lot of the Cigar galaxy located in Ursa major.a.k.a as Messier 82.


The Owl Nebula

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Nebula, Photo, photography, Planetary nebula, Solar, Space, Star, Uncategorized on April 22, 2015 by Andrew

Here is a image of Messier 97 a.k.a The Owl Nebula,located in Ursa Major. It is a planetary nebula caused by a star that shedding it’s layers as it slowly dies. Much like what our sun will be like in 5 billion years.

Sombrero Galaxy

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Technorati, Uncategorized on April 20, 2015 by Andrew

Continuing on with my April Galaxy craze. The Sombrero Galaxy is a barred galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. I have noticed that many of the galaxies that we see, are about the same distance….give or take a few million light years. I really like this galaxy,as not only is it almost edge on ,but it does resemble a hat. Lol, I was told that it looks like a flying saucer ๐Ÿ˜‰
This galaxy is a fun target, and quite easy to see.
Image credit;Andrew Dumont
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Jupiter 2015

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Sun, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on April 19, 2015 by Andrew

The sky was quite crappy last night. I could see stars,but the transparency was pretty bad. The stars were twinkling,which is a bad sign,and shouldn’t bother imaging. My first 2015 image of Jupiter shows it. I added the four moons in PS. Yes, that is exactly where they were located,but were very dim in the image. For those of you who don’t have a telescope,this is what you are missing!

Messier 81 and Messier 82

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Uncategorized, weather on April 18, 2015 by Andrew

We had a small window of what I thought were decent skies. Actually, I had gone to bed,but looked through the window and saw clear skies. I couldn’t pass on it,and quickly raced out to the observatory. I did notice some of the stars twinkling,which is a bad sign. I spent a couple hours imaging as the seeing became worse. Lol,my images show it,as their isn’t as much detail as I would have liked.
One of my targets was M81 and M82 together. This image is a 7 minute exposure unguided. M82 (The Cigar Galaxy) really showed of it’s colors like I have ever imaged. M 81 (Bode’s Galaxy) seems a bit muddled,but at least a Satellite didn’t photo bomb my image this time! ๐Ÿ™‚ .
Image : Andrew (Me)

Messier 101 (Pinwheel Galaxy)

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Globular cluster, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on April 17, 2015 by Andrew

I took this image about a week ago. The sky never ceases to amaze me. I have captured more galaxies in the last two weeks ,than I ever have since I bought my scope. At the rate my Winter was traveling,I didn’t think I would ever get a chance to observe again. However, the voices in my head kept saying “patience big fellow”. The time arrived ,and I am having a blast!. Cranking some music in the observatory and loving the fact that I no longer need to keep the wireless remote pointed at the DSLR while taking a image. Now, while I take a long exposure,I can just walk away,and ponder the thought of buying new rings and a dovetail for my other mount. Best of both worlds!. Let the main imaging scope do it’s thing,while I do some visual scanning of the heavens on my other scope.
Holy crap?. Am I making any sense or just randomly babbling incoherently?. Lack of coffee or too much coffee?. You be the judge…LMAO
This is a 6 minute exposure unguided of Messier 101. Shot with a unmodded Canon T3i. The seeing was pretty good for the most part.
The Pinwheel galaxy was discovered by Pierre Mรฉchain on March 27, 1781.The visual mag of this galaxy is +7.9 mag. under dark skies. It might be tougher to see in light polluted areas. The distance is 27 million light years away,as in,it took the light we see today 27 million years to reach our retinas. Actually, I like to Google search what the Earth was like 27 million years ago or whatever distance light left a particular object.
Image credit:Andrew Dumont

Bode’s Galaxy/M81

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Uncategorized with tags , on April 16, 2015 by Andrew

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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

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