Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  Crab nebula  ·  M 1  ·  NGC 1952
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The start of Messier's catalogue, 


            Andrew Lockwood
The start of Messier's catalogue
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The start of Messier's catalogue

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: ASA 16N

Imaging cameras: QSI 683wsg-8

Mounts: ASA Astrosysteme ASA DDM85

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ASA 16N

Focal reducers: ASA Astrosysteme ASA 3" Wynne Reducer Corrector 0,95x

Software: PixInsight

Filters: Astrodon 31mm Blue  ·  Astrodon 31mm Red  ·  Astrodon 31mm Ha 5nm

Dates:Jan. 1, 2020

Frames: 32x300"

Integration: 2.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 5.88 days

Avg. Moon phase: 34.28%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3159940

RA center: 5h 34' 30"

DEC center: +22° 1' 4"

Pixel scale: 0.380 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.360 degrees

Field radius: 0.215 degrees

Resolution: 3256x2440

Locations: home, perth, western australia, Australia

Data source: Backyard


In 1054 a star exploded in the constellation Taurus. Contemporary records from Chinese and Arab astronomers indicate that it was visible during daylight hours for 23 days.
Some 700 years later, the French comet hunter Charles Messier thought he'd discovered the returning Halley's comet, but had in fact found the remnants of the 1054 supernova explosion. Irritated, he immediately began to catalogue all faint fuzzy things in the sky that could be potentially mistaken for comets through his relatively crappy telescope. Although he did discover a lot of comets - he's best known for this catalogue of 'deep sky' objects, of which M1 - the Crab nebula is the first entry.
There's a bit of noise in the media about the significant drop in the brightness of the star Betelgeuse potentially signalling the imminent demise of the star, and as it's only 500 light years away compared to the 6500 light years of 1054's 'guest star' event it's sure to be a good fireworks show. Although it's more likely that we are just seeing the coincidence of two of Betelgeuse's variable periods, I've been taking an interest in such things for 40 years or so, and I've never seen it this dim.
This image was acquired last night - and given the state of our house this morning, the quantity of empty bottles and my poor memory of even setting it off I'm very pleased with the robustness of my imaging system.



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The start of Messier's catalogue, 


            Andrew Lockwood