|galaxies including m106 in canes venatici|
700d + pn208 35 x 180s @ ISO800
Gusts of wind hitting the telescope and throwing DEC, not helped by the awful balance. I left it anyway. Tried the astronomy.net plate solver to see what there was...
|galaxy m51 whirlpool in canes venatici|
700d + pn208 34x180s @ ISO800
Around 600 light years away, one of the closest clusters to us.
|cluster m44 the beehive in cancer|
700d + pn208 astrograph 22x90s @ ISO800
Had a go this time last year with the 152s refractor. Nice to revisit it with guiding albeit with balance critical DEC being so close to the pole.
|galaxy ngc2403 in cameleopardalis|
700d + pn208 32x180s @ ISO800
Milky Way companions. Testing how well I had the reflector collimated, the stars look quite nice. As it was 34000 years ago...
|globular cluster m3 in canes venatici|
canon 700d + es pn208 astrograph 13x90s @ ISO800
Lord Rosse drew the planetary nebula in 1848 after Méchain's discovery in 1781. It looked like an owl's face, hence the owl nebula. The spiral m108 is viewed almost edge on hence the spiral is lost. The owl, a star at the end of its life, is in our own galaxy at a distance of 2000 light years. the galaxy, 45000 light years away.
|l to r planetary nebula m97 el buho and galaxy m108 in ursa major|
canon 700d + pn208 21x180s @ ISO800
Third time lucky, I had around 90 minutes before moon rise to grab these galaxies. 12 million light years distant, one friendly and one rather uninviting place to call home. I wonder what it's like looking at us from over there?
|galaxies m81 and m82 bode and el puro in ursa major|
700d + pn208 34 x 150s @ISO800