Monday, June 27, 2016

captured three big galaxies (Halifax)

The BGO 'bot imaged one of my galaxy group requests. All right!

Initially, I had searched SkyTools 3 Pro for edge-on galaxies and found NGC 5981 in Draco. But when I saw the other big galaxies nearby, I centred on the elliptical NGC 5982. The big spiral on the left is NGC 5985. Nice round stars. A gradient but I will be able to dial that out.

galaxies NGC 5985, 5982, and 5981 in luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, GIMP. North is up; left is east.

There are a number of other galaxies I spotted in this image including the small oval LEDA 2590275 north of 5985 and the small oval LEDA 2588841 east of 5985. There are others but I'll have to look them up elsewhere; they are not shown in SkyTools.


Drew imaged the same area with his C11 and SBIG. His fantastic image was featured SkyNews Photo of the Week.

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