Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Leo (Leo)  ·  Contains:  73 n Leo  ·  IC 2661  ·  IC 2666  ·  IC 2684  ·  IC 2694  ·  IC 2708  ·  IC 2745  ·  Leo Triplet  ·  M 65  ·  M 66  ·  NGC 3593  ·  NGC 3623  ·  NGC 3627  ·  NGC 3628  ·  The star 73Leo
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RedCat Hunts in Leo, 



    
        

            Daniel Erickson
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RedCat Hunts in Leo

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RedCat Hunts in Leo, 



    
        

            Daniel Erickson
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RedCat Hunts in Leo

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Williams Optics RedCat 51
Imaging Cameras
ZWO ASI183 MC PRO
Mounts
Sky-Watcher HEQ5
Filters
Optolong L-Pro 2"
Accessories
ZWO AsiAir Pro
Software
Adobe Creative Cloud · Starnet ++ · Siril · Topaz DeNoise
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
ZWO 30F4 Miniscope
Guiding Cameras
ZWO ASI120MM Mini

Acquisition details

Dates:
April 15, 2021
Frames:
Optolong L-Pro 2": 100x180" (5h) (gain: 111.00) -10°C
Integration:
5h
Darks:
30
Flats:
30
Flat darks:
30
Avg. Moon age:
3.03 days
Avg. Moon phase:
10.06%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:
7.00

RA center: 11h17m50s.39

DEC center: +13°1411.9

Pixel scale: 1.995 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -2.029 degrees

Field radius: 1.117 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 3356x2237

Locations: Backyard, Tacoma, WA, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

Galaxy season can be hard for those of us with short focal length scopes, like the RedCat. Still, the urge to get out and try something usually overwhelms any sense of futility we might have about shooting distant galaxies that appear as tiny specks in our frames... So it was last night. I sent the RedCat hunting for the Leo Triplet...and found out that the Triplet is indeed, actually a Quadruplet! The tiny (in my image) NGC 3593 lenticular galaxy is sometimes associated with the Leo Triplet, so it must be included in the image!

So, it's a RedCat, they're galaxies, and we shouldn't expect much, but overall I'm very pleased with the outcome. I was surprised by the broad range of color and detail present in those galaxies and--although I lost most of my stars to some haloing, their general spectral color remained intact. Most importantly for this image, though, the galaxies came out good enough for me.

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