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#1 khursh

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:58 AM

So, I went off the beaten path as usual looking for galaxies. It turns out there are small dim galaxies just about everywhere.

 

I went perusing through Serpens Caput as I wanted to be east of the meridian because my skies are darkest there.

 

I hope you enjoy these weird little wonderful tufts of light where billions of stars systems exist.

 

These objects were all captured with the equipment below as well as:

ASI290MM-cool

Astronomik CLS filter

.5x GSO 2" reducer operating at f/4.68

Bin1 and 15s subs

 

NGC 6118

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40 frames, 600s total

 

NGC 5970

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60 frames, 900s total

 

NGC 5921

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40 frames, 600s total

 

NGC 5850 (plus 5846) technically this is in Virgo, but close enough

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#2 jerobe

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:10 AM

Thanks Kevin. You captured the essence of these galaxies in 10 minutes. Impressive!



#3 gun4hire

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 10:44 AM

Nice!!! You seem more organized in your sessions than me.

 

I need to start making an observation list. Last time out I forgot to image M8. I get zipping around in Stellarium and forget things. I accidently pass the Meridian and panic when I think the scope is running away. shocked.gif 

 

I get overwhelmed by all the DSOs to look at...before long it is 3am and the night is over...


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#4 khursh

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 11:06 AM

Dale,

 

Through trial and error I discovered that my brief sessions (due to work) have to be organized. Also, it drives me crazy when I have to do a meridian flip because my SCT doesn't like to stay focused when it switches sides. My skies are darkest in the east, so I like to image there, but whichever side of the meridian I start with, I like to stay with. As a refractor user, you probably don't have to refocus (except for temp changes maybe), so flipping is slightly less annoying, I would imagine.

 

I use SkySafari on my phone to find stuff and create observing lists there. I could probably do it in Cartes du Ciel, but I prefer the look of SkySafari. I setup a windows laptop connected to my mount, then remote in from my couch and macbook. I look up interesting facts about the DSO on the iphone while imaging that object.



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:29 PM

NGC 5921 is a quite impressive barred spiral galaxy.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 02:28 PM

Thanks Roel!




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