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Whale & Hockey Stick Galaxies


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A delightful spring-time galactic pair and the first time I've imaged these galaxies.  The recent clear and sunny weather has brought some good evenings for imaging and I can see that this target has attracted many others with its beautiful colouring and active central core regions which show characteristic red supernovae remnants.

The image is rotated 90 degrees so the whale can swim serenly by :happy7:.

Details:

  • WO 132FLT at F7
  • 10 Micron GM1000HPS
  • QSI683 with Astrodon filters
  • Lum 18 x 600s; 15 x 600s RGB each; 12 x 600s Ha; total integration 12.5hrs
  • SGP for capture & PI for processing
  • Home Obs, Totnes

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Thanks for looking!

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3 minutes ago, Barry-Wilson said:

Thanks Gus.

Just tweaked with a touch more contrast:

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Yes, I’m just tweaking an image I took of Jupiter on the 7th May. Hehe! 

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Lovely pairing Barry, the last time I imaged the Whale must be at least 10 years ago with the SCT, guess I should give it another go with shorter focal length.

I have now managed two hassle free nights with the 10Micron :thumbsup:

Dave

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19 minutes ago, swag72 said:

Nice one Barry.... a great pair to see. I bet you've had better imaging weather in Devon than Spain at the moment? 

Thanks Sara.

You’re absolutely right about the weather in Spain, fingers crossed for a productive Spring & Summer :happy10:.

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This is beautiful. It's another one of those images that I love to zoom in and try and count the small fuzzies in there. Love it. 

Got about 30 I think. 

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Beautiful Barry!
I am amazed that you can get 12.5 hours of darkness at 50.4 °N now. I cannot get one minute here at 59.8°N. What a difference 1000 km do! Could it have to do with the curvature of the earth and is it the final nail in the coffin for the flat earth proponents?

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On 09/05/2018 at 21:28, Davey-T said:

Lovely pairing Barry, the last time I imaged the Whale must be at least 10 years ago with the SCT, guess I should give it another go with shorter focal length.

I have now managed two hassle free nights with the 10Micron :thumbsup:

Dave

Thanks Dave & pleased to hear progress . . .

On 09/05/2018 at 22:42, Peco4321 said:

This is beautiful. It's another one of those images that I love to zoom in and try and count the small fuzzies in there. Love it. 

Got about 30 I think. 

Much appreciated Peter.

On 10/05/2018 at 10:10, gorann said:

Beautiful Barry!
I am amazed that you can get 12.5 hours of darkness at 50.4 °N now. I cannot get one minute here at 59.8°N. What a difference 1000 km do! Could it have to do with the curvature of the earth and is it the final nail in the coffin for the flat earth proponents?

Cheers Gorann.  I still have about 3 hours of astro dark but it will rapidly disappear and then it will be NB only :happy11:.

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Good work Barry, and from the Totnes observatory - good to see that is being productive and it’s not just Spain for you these days! The Hockey Stick is an odd sort of galaxy, isn’t it?! More of a smudge than anything else. As ever, you have a lovely star field to support the main elements. 

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On 10/05/2018 at 18:11, Rodd said:

Splendid detail...and that background!

Rodd

Thanks Rodd.

On 10/05/2018 at 20:41, toxic said:

lovely pair Barry  :thumbright: top notch from totnes

I'm lucky to be in a semi-rural part of the world for darker skies . . . and the delights of Totnes (if only the town were not so busy on Bank Holiday weekends!).  Cheers Chris.

23 hours ago, PhotoGav said:

Good work Barry, and from the Totnes observatory - good to see that is being productive and it’s not just Spain for you these days! The Hockey Stick is an odd sort of galaxy, isn’t it?! More of a smudge than anything else. As ever, you have a lovely star field to support the main elements. 

Yea, the Hockey Stick is a smudge of sorts distorted by its interactions.  It would be great to have steady weather across the UK as we astronomers have not fared too well the last couple of summers.  Spain's weather is improving too and Cepheus is rising higher every day . . .

10 hours ago, andyo said:

That's a fantastic shot of these two Barry

 

Thanks Andy.

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