Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  M 84  ·  M 86  ·  M 87  ·  NGC 4374  ·  NGC 4388  ·  NGC 4402  ·  NGC 4406  ·  NGC 4425  ·  NGC 4435  ·  NGC 4438  ·  NGC 4459  ·  NGC 4461  ·  NGC 4473  ·  NGC 4477  ·  NGC 4486  ·  Virgo Galaxy
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Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics Zenithstar 61

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600mm-Pro

Mounts: Losmandy G11

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI120mm-Mini

Software: Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy  ·  Pixinsight

Filters: Baader Planetarium LRGB 31mm


Dates:April 14, 2018

Frames:Baader Planetarium LRGB 31mm: 180x180" (9h) bin 1x1

Integration: 9h

Avg. Moon age: 27.91 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.96%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 2.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3439455

RA center: 12h27m34s

DEC center: +13°1301

Pixel scale: 2.122 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 187.549 degrees

Field radius: 1.423 degrees


Resolution: 3474x3354

Locations: Lake San Antonio, Paso Robles, California, United States

Data source: Traveller

Description

This attractive group of galaxies in Virgo was imaged from Bortle 2-ish conditions over two nights at the Spring 2018 CalStar star party last month at Lake San Antonio, California.

Can you imagine? Each one of those fuzzy blobs is home to hundreds of billions of stars. How much life must be out there looking up into their own skies wondering like we are if anyone else is out there?

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