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#1 Jerry Lodriguss

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:13 AM

M77 and NGC 1055 are an interesting pairing of two galaxies in the constellation of Cetus.

http://www.astropix....M77_NGC1055.HTM

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M77 is a face-on barred spiral type II Seyfert galaxy with an Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) believed to be powered by a massive black hole. It is fairly bright at a visual magnitude of 8.9, with an apparent size of about 6 x 7 arcminutes. NGC 1055 is an edge-on spiral with a prominent dust lane.

This image was made with a 130mm refractor at f/8 at about 1,000mm of focal length. It is a stack of 12 x 600 seconds (2 hours total exposure) at ISO 800, unfiltered with a Canon 550Da.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

I have fond memories of observing M77 with my trusty 6" homemade Newt in high school. It was one of those high surface brightness objects that showed up well through my murky Michigan skies.

Thanks, Jerry.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:34 AM

Top Notch shot Jerry, Nice detail and great color..

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

beautiful picture Jerry

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

Very nicely done Jerry, I like this FOV.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:57 PM

Fantastic image, Jerry. You picked up the faint halos extremely well and your colors are (as always) beautiful.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

Very nice FOV and beautiful colors Jerry.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

Nice shoot Jerry. Your background is extremely smooth.

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#9 Jerry Lodriguss

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words and for taking the time to take a look at the picture!

Jerry






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