M 88 Galaxy, 



M 88 Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: 8" SCT GT Series Celestron

Imaging cameras: 40D Canon

Mounts: CG5 Equatorial Celestron

Guiding telescopes or lenses: 80 mm Short Tube Refractor - Auto Guiding Orion

Guiding cameras: Star Shooter Autoguider Orion

Focal reducers: 6.3 Focal reducer Celestron

Software: PHD Guiding and Noell's Tools  ·  3.3.3 Beta 47; 4.5; CS 5 Deep Sky Stacker, Image Plus and Photo Shop

Dates:May 22, 2014

8x60" ISO3200
13x75" ISO3200
5x90" ISO3200

Integration: 0.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.16 days

Avg. Moon phase: 39.33%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 286475

Resolution: 620x426

Locations: Skip Rapp ---- All images taken from driveway at home, Leesburg, Florida, United States


M 88 is an elliptical galaxy ( also known as NGC 4501 ) located in the constellation Coma Berenices. M88 is one of fifteen Messier objects that belong to the nearby Virgo Cluster of galaxies. It is 50-60 million light years from earth. Charles Messier discovered this object in March 1781.



M 88 Galaxy,