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M106 and Friends, 


            Joel Shepherd
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M106 and Friends

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron Omni XLT150 Reflector

Imaging cameras: Atik 460EX Mono

Mounts: Advanced VX

Software: Adobe Photoship CC 2015  ·  Craig Stark Nebulosity 3

Dates:June 13, 2015

Frames: 17x120"

Integration: 0.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 26.29 days

Avg. Moon phase: 11.41%

Astrometry.net job: 704495

RA center: 12h 17' 36"

DEC center: +47° 16' 23"

Pixel scale: 2.651 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 123.707 degrees

Field radius: 0.603 degrees

Resolution: 1280x1026

Locations: Home, Seattle, WA, United States


This was an experiment late in galaxy season to try to pack as many galaxies into the field as possible. M106 -- the spiral in the upper right -- is the main attraction but I count at least five others in the frame.

Brighter than usual lighting from neighbors' yards played havoc with this, causing the wavy and doughnut-like patterns that you may notice.

Looking forward to Virgo's reappearance and trying to capture a field full of galaxies next year.



Joel Shepherd
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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M106 and Friends, 


            Joel Shepherd