Tuesday, November 22, 2022

NGC 891 (edge-on spiral galaxy)

NGC 891 (edge-on spiral galaxy in the Andromeda Constellation) Taken over 2 nights from my backyard in Las Cruces, NM. Dates: 13, 28 Oct 2022. 26x10minL (bin1x1), 6x5min ea RGB (bin2x2) Tak TOA-130F EM200 QSI 690wsg This is a center crop of the larger widefield image. My main site: http://jeffjastro.com

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Seeing stars in ANOTHER GALAXY... 2.5 million light years away!

Seeing stars in ANOTHER GALAXY... 2.5 million light years away! (image captured from Las Cruces) The center of this image (a group of blue stars) is NGC 206 ... which lies within M31 - Andromeda Galaxy. Do you see those tiny blue dots in the center of NGC 206? Some of those are individual stars that are in Andromeda (a galaxy 2.5 Million Light Years away from us!). Along with the individual stars, you can see the massive arms/dustlanes of M31, as well as some huge emission nebula areas (red areas) also in M31 throughout the image. The "other stars" you see around this image are foreground stars, that is, they are stars within our own Milky Way Galaxy. I captured this from my backyard here in Las Cruces using TOA-130F scope, EM200 mount, QSI 690wsg camera on 28 Oct 2022.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

NGC 7000 - a close look

My latest backyard result: NGC 7000 - a close look. This is the Southwest part of the N. America Nebula (NGC 7000)...and I conveniently live in the Southwestern U.S., which would be in this area 🙂 Scope: TOA-130F Mount: EM200 Camera: EM200 LHaRGB data - for a "true color" look
And here it is in Ha (H-alpha filter) only... so a mono view, which I seem to prefer on this one!