Galaxies

Images of vast cosmic islands of stars, gas, and dust held together by gravity.

M82 - The Cigar Galaxy

4/20/2021

Messier 82 is a starburst galaxy approximately 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. 

Telescope / lens Skywatcher 250 PDS
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 9 hours 37 mins

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

4/18/2021

M51 is located 31 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici.

Telescope / lens Skywatcher 250 PDS
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 6 hours 1 min

The Whale (NGC 4631) and Hockey Stick (NGC 4656) Galaxies

4/16/2021

When scouting for targets the unusual shapes and textures of these two galaxies drew me to them last night. Unfortunately the forecast looks like that might be my last galaxy for a while but its been great to finally get some clear skies with no moon after months of cloud.

Telescope / lens Skywatcher 250 PDS
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 5 hours 21 mins

M106 and NGC 4217

4/15/2021

I was drawn to the differing scales of the many galaxies in this image. The distances involved are mind boggling. NGC 4217 is an edge-on spiral galaxy which lies approximately 60 million light-years and M106 between 22 to 25 million light-years away.

Telescope / lens Skywatcher 250 PDS
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 5 hours 32 mins

M101 - The PinWheel Galaxy

4/12/2021

M101 - The PinWheel Galaxy is located 25 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major.

Telescope / lens Skywatcher 250 PDS
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 4 hours 44 mins

M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

4/13/2021

The Sunflower Galaxy is located roughly 27 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici.

Telescope / lens Skywatcher 250 PDS
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 5 hours 38 mins

M81 - Bode's galaxy

4/7/2021

Messier 81 is a grand design spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.

Telescope / lens Skywatcher 250 PDS
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 4 hours 24 mins

M33 - The Triangulum Galaxy

10/29/2019
Telescope / lens Esprit 80
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 15 hours 56 mins

M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy

9/9/2019

The Andromeda Galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth and the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way.

Telescope / lens Esprit 80
Camera ZWO 1600 MM Pro
Mount AZEQ6
Integration 5 hours 42 mins