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Picking galaxy targets: listed by magnitude, surface brightness and or angular size?

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#1 f300v10

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:10 AM

Santa should have an ASI294MC-Pro with my name on it for Christmas, so I am holding off on shooting nebula until then as my current DSLR has not been modded for astro work.  In the mean time I would like to concentrate on shooting galaxies as they seem to work fairly well with un-modded cameras.  So far I've shot the more obvious targets that are 'in season' at the moment, M31, M33 and NGC7331. Other obvious choices such as M81/82, M51 etc. are currently to low in the sky during my imaging time window (7 - midnight) so I'm waiting until spring to shoot them.

 

The issue I have is there are so many choices, but many are either to dim and or to small to make good targets for my scope (1000mm f5.3).  I've attempted to find a resource with basic data such as angular size, magnitude and position/constellation to help speed up the selection process but have not had any luck.  Does such a resource exist?  Is there a 'best galaxies to image' list out there somewhere?  I'm also open to suggestions from fellow galaxy hunters.

 

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#2 rdw4176

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:16 AM

You might want to take a look at dso-browser, there is a lot of info available and you can filter with your own criteria


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#3 f300v10

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:40 AM

Wow, that is exactly what I wanted but didn't expect to find.  Looks like a super powerful resource, thanks so much!




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