Messier objects

M104 - Sombrero Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Someday I hope to get a real camera ... I feel I am wasting my time with this Orion G3 Starshoot, but it's the only DSO-capable camera I have right now, so I'm stuck with it. Anyway, this is a shot of the Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104). This is 19 2-minute subs through an 8" Meade LX200R, guided by an Orion ST80 and PHD, stacked in Maxim DL. I seriously get bummed after freezing my butt off and fighting the crappy Orion software for hours only to get an image like this. But it's something.

M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Viewing was horrible in the Seattle area tonight ... the moon was bright and the skies were very hazy - so much so that there was a ring around the moon most of the night. But I was out working on the equipment and managed to eek out a photo ... this is Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy, and a favorite target of mine.

Meade 8" LX200R, Orion G3 Color Starshoot at prime focus, guided by Orion ST-80 and PHD. 6x120sec subs, stacked with MaximDL.

Stars from Messier 67 in Cancer

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Messier 67 (M67) is an open cluster in the Cancer constellation. M67 has more than 100 stars similar to the Sun, and countless red giants. The total star count has been estimated at well over 500.

Here is a high-magnification view of some of those stars in the cluster.

Meade 8" LX200R with Orion G3 Starshoot CCD at prime focus, guided with Orion ST-80, PHD, 17x21 seconds, MaximDL. From a Port Orchard, Washington back yard.

Happy Thanksgiving from Port Orchard, Washington

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Happy Thanksgiving! The skies in the Seattle area are clear but hazy, due to a pressure inversion. The moon is a day past full and very bright in the sky. Despite that, I photographed the Andromeda Galaxy over Port Orchard, Washington. The Canon 60D was piggybacked atop an 8" Orion Astrograph Newtonian on a Celestron Advanced VX mount. Total exposure time was 45 minutes (15x180 sec subs with 5x180 darks at ISO 1600, 200 mm Canon lens). I would have been able to bring out far more detail on a darker night, but this was the best I could do with what was given to me tonight. :)

M37 in Auriga (Salt and Pepper Cluster)

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This is Messier 37, the “Salt and Pepper Cluster.” It is the richest open cluster in the constellation Auriga. That’s all for tonight – processing the comet pictures will take some time so that will have to come tomorrow. But at least I got something up here for you to look at tonight. (For those who like to know, it’s a single exposure, ISO 6400, 20 seconds, Canon 60D at prime focus on an 8″ Meade LX200 with Lepus .62 telecompressor).

The Great Andromeda Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is the Great Andromeda Galaxy, photographed tonight from my back yard in Port Orchard, Washington, using a 8″ Orion Astrograph Newtonian, eyepiece projection (15mm), Canon T3i, 1600 ISO, 10×15 seconds, f4. I had to keep the exposure times short due to bright moonlight – I was just messing around with eyepiece projection as it’s the first time I’ve ever attempted it with a Newtonian. All the equipment was mounted on a Celestron AVX, 2×4 alignment.

M42 in Orion

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

And yes, the obligatory M42 photo - it's just too lovely not to expose when working in that area of the sky. This was shot February 14, 2013 from Port Orchard, Washington using a Meade 8' LX200R on a Milburn wedge 15x30 sec, ISO 1600, Lepus .62 telescompressor at prime focus using a Canon T3i - with an Astronomik CLS-CCD clip fliter.

M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

What a great night with clear skies in the Seattle area! This is Messier 27, the Dumbbell Nebula. For those who are interested, I am abandoning DSLR astrophotography and moving into CCD astrophotography. This is my first attempt with basically a low-end beginner's camera. (Meade 8" LX200, Orion Starshoot G3 CCD, 25x180 second subs, Orion ST-80 autoguide scope, PHD, MaximDL.)

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