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M63, The Sunflower Galaxy

Galaxy Season in Full Effect


M63, The Sunflower Galaxy

Right about this time of year, a spectacular menagerie of galaxies crawls from the Eastern sky. Pretty much every kind of galaxy you could imagine – spirals, barred, ellipticals, starburst, and irregular curiosities. From Leo to Virgo and Coma Berenices, all the way over the Ursa Major, millions of galaxies pass overhead. Some are far away and clumped together, while others are a bit closer, larger, and of course magnificient to image. I went after a few of the More >

How to find M109

Messier 109


How to find M109

Messier 109 is a beautiful spiral bar galaxy in Ursa Major. It’s generally considered the last “real” messier object (M110 is a satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy, and wasn’t really included in Messier’s catalogue). Somewhat small at just over 7 square arc minutes in apparent size, longer focal lengths should be useful for detail. With a magnitude of 9.8, it is possible to see visually as a “fuzzy star”. I wasn’t able to even make out any of the “bar” portion, but moderate More >


A Tale of Three Globulars: Messier 2, Messier 13 and Messier 15


Back in early October, I spun around and picked out three of the most fantastic globulars: Messier 13, (“The Great Cluster in Hercules”), Messier 2, and Messier 15. All three of these look spectacular even with a big and bright moon out and they are all great both for visual viewing as well as imaging. And here I am now, with clouds in Woodinville — beside a big bright moon. And I’d be imaging comet 103p/Hartley 2 anyway, so what else to do!? Play with processing old data!

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Comet 103P-Hartley

Comet 103P Hartley 2


Comet 103P Hartley, discovered in 1986 has been receiving a bit of attention lately. NASA’s Deep Impact space probe will be making a visit in early November. However, riding around magnitude 7, 103P Hartley is now easily visible through binoculars and telescopes.

I thought this would make for an interesting imaging target. But first, how to find it? Well, Bill Rogers over at Cloudynights was kind enough to put a post with Stellarium scripts for locating this comet. One these are stuffed More >

M42, Messier 42, Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula Revisited


Ah yes, another cloudy night … with more clouds and rain predicted for another week.  So, what can we do?  How about revisit and reprocess some older data?!  On the assumption I have learned something over the past year, I decided to take some old images and try reprocessing them.

M42, The Orion Nebula is one of the most gorgeous “easy to find” nebula in the sky.  It’s star forming region has the pleasant effect of illuminating the nebula itself – no dim “star blew itself up” effects here…!

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