Category Archives: Galaxies

Astrophotography of Galaxies in the night sky

Meet M97 and M108, the Owl and the Surfboard

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Here’s an interesting pairing in the night sky. Meet M97 planetary nebula and M108 spiral galaxy from the Messier Catalog of deep sky objects. While they look side by side from our perspective here on Earth, M97 is actually 2,600 light years distant while the Surfboard galaxy M108 is a whopping 45 million light years away! Both […]

Meet the galaxy M33

galaxy M33
Meet the galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum galaxy. I acquired this data over a few nights in January 2019. Total of 8.5 hours, HaLRGB. The Esprit 100 triplet refractor and Moravian G3-16200EC CCD camera riding on the EQ6 mount and Skyshed Pier. M33 is in the constellation Triangulum around 2.5 million light years distant [...]

Meet M31 Andromeda Galaxy; taken with Esprit 100 and Moravian G3-16200EC

A recent image of M31 I took with a Skywatcher Esprit 100 and Moravian 16200EC CCD.
Click image for high resolution JPG (18mb) An Esprit 100 triplet APO refractor and Moravian G3-16200EC CCD camera riding on a Skywatcher EQ6 mount and Skyshed pier. This is with data acquired in September and October 2018 from my backyard in Kitchener, Ontario. Using a Skywatcher Esprit 100mm triplet refractor and a Moravian G3-16200EC CCD [...]

M31 Andromeda Galaxy from the suburbs of Kitchener

M31 Andromeda Galaxy ASI1600MM-C and Esprit 100
M31 Andromeda Galaxy is a popular target for both observers and astrophotographers in the Fall months. It's well positioned for viewing in the NE sky after sunset when dark arrives. It remains visible for most of the night as well which is perfect for imaging this nearest galaxy friend of ours. This data was acquired [...]

M31 90min LRGB test using ASI1600mm-cooled CMOS camera

M31 90min LRGB test image with ASI1600mm-cooled

I performed some more test imaging with the ASI1600mm-cooled camera. This time I centered the telescope and camera on M31, the great Andromeda galaxy. I have imaged M31 before a few years ago using different equipment. This galaxy is a popular target at this time in the northern hemisphere when it rises high in the […]

M33 The Triangulum Galaxy

M33 Triangulum Galaxy

M33 the Triangulum Galaxy is located about 14 degrees below the famous and great Andromeda galaxy M31. The easiest way to find M33 with binoculars is to start with M31 in the FOV then slowly follow the brighter stars down, past the double star Mirach by about 7 degrees and you’ll see a small faint […]