The Evening Show - Galaxies (latest images) http://www.eveningshow.com Astrophotography of Richard S. Wright Jr.Main Blog: Accidental AstronomerBisque Blog: Software BisqueTwitter: @AccidentalAstro Will Code for Food Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:15:02 -0400 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:15:02 -0400 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss ZenPhoto RSS Generator The Leo Triplet (Galaxies) The Leo Triplet

A gorgeous and well known trio of galaxies in the constellation Leo. These three frame up in almost any moderate focal length system and are a frequent favorite of many astrophotographers. My favorite is the one to upper right, the "Hamburger" galaxy.

Image Details
Camera: FLI Microline 16200
Optic: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150
Exposure: 7.5 Hours RGB
Mount: Paramount ME II, TheSkyX
Date: March, 2017

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Galaxies Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:00:27 -0400
NGC 4565 (Galaxies) NGC 4565

Sometimes called "The Outer Limits" Galaxy, this edge on spiral galaxy is between 30 and 50 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices.

Original image was a bit oversampled and soft for seeing conditions.

Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius-694
Optic: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150
Exposure: 7x10 minute Luminance, 6x5 blue, 7x5 green, 9x5 red.
Mount: Paramount MYT, TheSkyX
Date: May, 2016, Texas Star Party

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Galaxies Sat, 28 May 2016 23:29:30 -0400
The Great Andromeda Galaxy (Galaxies) The Great Andromeda Galaxy

This is another duplicate object from the Messier album, but I'm posting this different capture here anyway. This image of M31 was acquired over two weekends, but is an astonishingly short amount of data with an amazing combination of camera and optic.

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Esprit 150
Exposure: 12x5 L, 4x5 RGB, 6x10 Ha
Mount: Paramount ME II, TheSkyX Pro
Date: December 2015
Other: Processed with PixInsight and PhotoShop.

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Galaxies Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:30:32 -0500
Antenna Galaxies (Galaxies) Antenna Galaxies

This interacting pair of galaxies are between 45 and 65 million light years away. Cataloged as NGC 4039 & 4039, they are in the constellation Corvus.

Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius-694
Optic: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150
Exposure: 3 hours RGB, 10 minute subs, 1.5 hours L, 15 minute subs.
Mount: Paramount MX+, TheSkyX
Date: January 16, 2015

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Galaxies Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:19:42 -0400
Deer Lick Group and Stephan's Quintet (Galaxies) Deer Lick Group and Stephan's Quintet

This is a popular framing of two well known galaxy groupings, the Deer Lick Group (upper right), and Stephan's Quintet (lower left). The seeing wasn't so hot the night at the Cheifland Star Party when I collected this, but I thought it came out well enough.

Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius-694
Optic: Veloce RH-200 @ f/3
Exposure: 3.3 hours LRGB, 5 minute subs.
Mount: Paramount MX+, TheSkyX
Date: November 19, 2015

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Galaxies Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:28:02 -0500
The Pari Galaxies (Galaxies) The Pari Galaxies

This interacting pair of galaxies (NGC 5426 & 5427) first caught my attention on a glass plate that was being used to show an example of the world class historical photo archive at PARI (www.pari.edu). I volunteer for this institution, and this plate is used on their table at events. I took a photograph of the plate and set about to photograph the actual pair myself. The result is four hours of exposure over two nights in mid April, 2014. I think it's an interesting contrast between the old and new worlds of astrophotography.

Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius-694
Optic: Edge HD 9.25 @ f/10
Exposure: 1 hour each LRGB, 15 minute subs.
Mount: Paramount ME, TheSkyX
Date: April, 2014

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Galaxies Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:34:11 -0400
The Hamburger Galaxy (Galaxies) The Hamburger Galaxy

NGC 3628 is one of my favorite galaxies. It has a very distinctive look to it and a gorgous dust lane running right through the center. Approximately 35 million light years away, it is the faintest of the well know "Leo Triplet" of galaxies in the constellation Leo.

This is my first published long focal length image, shot at 2450mm on a Celestron Edge HD 9.25" scope. There was considerable moonlight too boot and I did not expect the image to come out as well as it did. I'm pretty happy with it.

Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius-694
Optic: Edge HD 9.25 @ f/10
Exposure: 7 hours of LRGB, 15 minute subs.
Mount: Paramount ME, TheSkyX
Date: March, 2014

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Galaxies Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:57:43 -0400
Messier 106 (Galaxies) Messier 106

This is a duplicate object from the Messier album, but I'm posting this different capture here anyway. This image of M106 was acquired over three different nights at the Winter Star Party in 2014, and was the first runner up to my winning image of the Whale and Hockey Stick. The former edition of this object was captured with a DSLR, and this CCD image shows a bit better noise control and color depth.

Image Details

Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius 694
Optic: Veloce RH-200
Exposure: 600 seconds x27
Mount: Paramount MX, TheSkyX
Date: February, 2014
Other: Processed with PixInsight and PhotoShop.

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Galaxies Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:23:50 -0500
The Whale and Hockey Stick (Galaxies) The Whale and Hockey Stick
The Whale (NGC 4631) is an edge on spiral galaxy about 25 million light years away. Both the Whale and the Hockey Stick (NGC 4656) seen at lower left have smaller interacting companion galaxies. The one next to the Whale is often referred to as the "pup", and the two together are sometimes photographed together as the "Whale and Pup".
Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius-694
Optic: Veloce RH-200 @ f/3
Exposure: 6x10minutes each, RGB
Mount: Paramount MX, TheSkyX
Date: February 26, 2014
Other: First place winner (Deep Space)
Astrophotography contest, WSP 2014
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Galaxies Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:04:06 -0500
Centaurus A (Galaxies) Centaurus A

This is a very peculiar looking galaxy 10 to 16 million light years away. Barely above the sea horizon to the south, I shot this at the Winter Star Party in 2013.

Image Details
Camera: Canon 60Da
Optic: Veloce RH-200 @ f/3
Exposure: 12x10minutes
Mount: Paramount MX, TheSkyX
Date: February 8, 2013
Other: The last image, taken on the last night of the Winter Star Party. PixInsight, Photoshop for post-processing.

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Galaxies Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:59:35 -0500