Supernova SN2017eaw in NGC6946

My first shot of the Fireworks Galaxy, NGC6946, with the Supernova SN2017eaw (marked) that was discovered 13 days earlier, on May 14th. A list of photometric and photographic observation of the supernova can be found here. Data taken at the Sternenwelt Vogelsberg. My equipment was not running too well, guiding and auto-focussing were bumpy. I […]

Sunflower Galaxy – M63

This is the Sunflower Galaxy, M63, seen with the RH-305 setup at the Deep Sky West Observatory. I processed this image to bring out the halo surrounding the galaxy, particularly the arch extending below the galaxy. Exposure: LRGB, (34,14,16,19) x 600sec Date: 2017-04-16…2017-05-19 Setup: Astro-Physics RH-305 with FLI ML8300 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, […]

M81 – Second Test of RH-305

This is M81 as a second test target for the RH-305 setup at the Deep Sky West Observatory. I will reprocess this target as more data is coming in, but for now I am happy with it. Exposure: LRGB, (52,18,13,12) x 600sec Date: 2017-03-01…2017-04-16 Setup: Astro-Physics RH-305 with FLI ML8300 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, […]

M106 – First Test of RH305

This is a first test image with a new setup at Deep Sky West – an Astro-Physics 305mm f3.8 Riccardi-Honders Astrograph. A nice galaxy machine.. here M106 as a test. Exposure: LRGB, (27,33,18,33) x 300sec Date: 2017-02-22…2017-03-15 Setup: Astro-Physics RH-305 with FLI ML8300 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

Markarian’s Chain

Markarian’s Chain as seen from the dark skies of the Deep Sky West observatory. This LRGB image with a total exposure time of almost 17 hours shows lots and lots of tiny galaxies beyond the well known chain. Exposure: LRGB, (19,16,16,16) x 900sec Date: 2016-12-27…2017-01-09 Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky […]

Whirlpool Galaxy – M51

The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, in a wide-field setting. This is an LRGB composite with a little bit of Ha admixture from a total of 22 hours of exposures taken at the Deep Sky West Observatory. Exposure: L 32 x 900sec, RGB (16,16,16) x 600sec, Ha 16 x 1800sec Date: 2016-04-10…2016-05-04 Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with […]

Leo Triplet – M65, M66, NGC3628

The Leo Triplet, a well known trio of beautiful galaxies – M65, M66 and NGC3828. Actually, there are many more tiny galaxies in this image. All of them belong to the M66 galaxy group with the Leo Triplet at its heart. In this deep exposure you also see the tidal tail extending from the edge […]

Whale & Crowbar Galaxies

The Whale and Crowbar Galaxies, NGC4632 and NGC4656, in an LRGB composite. A pair of interesting galaxies in Canes Venatici, which might have had a close encounter in the past. The Whale Galaxy is an edge-on spiral galaxy with a slightly distorted silhouette, its about the same size as our Milky Way. The Crowbar or […]

Pinwheel Galaxy – M101

This is the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, in a wide-ish field LRGB composite. Usually one would image this beauty at a slightly larger focal length, but this wider field puts the galaxy into a nice context. M101 is a large galaxy, quite comparable to the Milky Way. With a diameter of 170,000 light-years it is about […]

M106 & Many Friends

This is a HaLRGB composite of M106 with its companion NGC4217 and many small neighbours. Have a look at the full-size image to discover all the tiny galaxies in this field. The image is composed of 25 x 900 sec luminance, 16 x 600 sec RGB, and 19×1800 sec Ha exposures taken at the Deep […]

Andromeda Galaxy – M31

The Andromeda Galaxy M31 a truly magnificent sight. It is the sister of our own galaxy and the closest major galaxy. Our Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy M33 are members of the Local Group. M31 contains about 1 trillion stars, twice as many as our home galaxy. It’s not only one of […]

Triangulum Galaxy – M33

The Triangulum Galaxy (M33, NGC598) the third largest member of the local group, with its larger sisters the Andromeda Galaxy and our Milky Way. It consists of 40 billion stars, really small compared to the 400 billion of the Milky Way and the 1 trillion of the Andromeda Galaxy. This in an LRGB image of […]