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#1 Daniel Dance

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Posted 12 February 2024 - 09:41 AM

This is somewhat a redux of a previous quasar annotated Leo Triplet I did about 6 years ago - this time I used an ASI1600 camera - previously I used an QSI683 CCD camera.

 

The most mind blowing part of this image are the quasars, which only a few are annotated here, near the Hamburger Galaxy, NGC 3628.

 

These quasars are located billions and billions of light years away which I just can fathom what that means.  I just can't.  Time and space and space and time. . . .

 

Source:  (For quasar positions, redshifts, positions come from)

Paper:  NGC 3628: Ejection activity associated with quasars

Authors:  H. Arp, E. M. Burbridge, Y. Chu, E. Flesch4, F. Patat, and G. Rupprecht

 

 

53524664061_b0ba9c2a08_h.jpgLeo Triplet with Quasars 2024 by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr

 

 

 


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Posted 12 February 2024 - 10:13 AM

I wish I could "love" this image instead of just "like" it. Beautiful processing. Capture details? Equipment and integration time? Bortle class?


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Posted 12 February 2024 - 11:06 AM

I wish I could "love" this image instead of just "like" it. Beautiful processing. Capture details? Equipment and integration time? Bortle class?

Thank you.

 

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Posted 12 February 2024 - 11:38 AM

Incredible!



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Posted 12 February 2024 - 04:15 PM

Well, I don’t like it. I kinda love it!

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Posted 12 February 2024 - 06:11 PM

Well, I don’t like it. I kinda love it!

Thank you all!   It boggles my mind.

 

I learned a lot about redshift values as well from doing this . . .


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Posted 12 February 2024 - 06:20 PM

There is a lot of detail in those tiny galaxies.



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Posted 12 February 2024 - 06:28 PM

There is a lot of detail in those tiny galaxies.

Thanks.

Those actually aren't very tiny though. They're some of the largest galaxies angular size to photograph in the night sky along with M81, M82, M101, M51, etc....



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Posted 12 February 2024 - 07:10 PM

One of the best images I have seen. Truly fantastic. So sharp. 



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Posted 13 February 2024 - 11:12 PM

Nice image! cool.gif bow.gif waytogo.gif

 

Always cool to see quasars in those images. Mindboggling to think that light left way before our Solar System even formed. The light arrives to Earth that has traveled for billions of years. shocked.gif



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Posted 22 February 2024 - 12:09 PM

Thank you all.  As Carl Sagan would say . . . ."Billions and Billions"



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Posted 22 February 2024 - 05:11 PM

Very nice - and to think people claim it‘s not worth to do broadband imaging from light polluted skies.


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Posted 22 February 2024 - 08:43 PM

Beautiful image Daniel! Size of the known universe is indeed difficult to conceive. Throw in expansion of space and your head explodes.




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