Archive | Galaxies


M31 – The Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy is our nearest (big) galactic neighbour, at a distance of 2.5 million light years. It is about twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy and the two are expected to merge in to a single galaxy in about 4.5 billion years time. Acquisition: Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED DS-Pro, Sky-Watcher 0.85x reducer, ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool, […]

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 is estimated to be approximately 23 million light years away.  It is interacting with its smaller companion galaxy, NGC 5195, which is just above and to the left of it in this image. To the center right of the image a much more distant galaxy IC4263 can be seen, approximately 144 million light years away. […]

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M33 – The Triangulum Galaxy

M33 is three million light years away and the third big member of the Local Group of galaxies, along with the Milky Way and Andromeda. This was taken at quarter moon, but luckily on the opposite side of the sky.I tried three different integrations in PixInsight – normal, Bayer Drizzle (1x with 1.0 drop size) […]

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M101 Widefield

This image was taken on my first night out following the street light switch-off in the nearby towns (between midnight and 5:00am), helpfully the moon was also on the opposite side of the sky by this time. As you can see, I have also also managed to capture a fair few of M101’s companion galaxies […]

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Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

The Andromeda Galaxy – M31, M32 & M110

This is the Andromeda Galaxy, taken 14th/15th September 2013.  The image consists of 6 x 30 minute subexposures.  Read on below for technical details. Imaging: Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED DS-Pro, Canon EOS 500D, Hutech IDAS LPS P2 2″, Sky-Watcher 0.85x, APT Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6, AstroTortilla, EQMod Guiding: ST80, QHY5, PHD guiding Processing: PixInsight Dates: Sept. 14-15, […]

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Widefield in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies

Markarian’s Chain (bottom left) plus M87, M89 and M90. This is a small part of the huge Virgo Cluster of galaxies. The image is composed of 81 ten minute exposures (13.5 hours) taken over nine nights between 1st April and 4th May 2013. Imaging: Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED DS-Pro, 0.85x Reducer, Canon EOS 500D (unmodded), Hutech […]

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