“Final” Messier 61 & Supernova SN2020jfo

I wasn’t happy with the clarity & sharpness of the Messier 61 I took a few days ago, so I spent a few hours more trying to get nice round stars. This time, I was happy with the results! With improved tracking & a bit more time spent with the focuser (which is still giving […]

Olé! Messier 104 – The Sombrero Galaxy

It might be a few weeks early, but let’s celebrate Cinqo de Mayo by imaging Messier 104, the Sombrero Galaxy. After two nights of failure (largely the photographer’s fault), Saturday night’s photo session was short but very productive. I finalized my run at Messier 105 & Messier 91, and decided to add a last minute […]

Messier 105 & Friends

This was one of the most frustrating targets I’ve completed. I first tried capturing Messier 105 (NGC 3379 for you “New General Catalog” fans) on Wednesday night, but unfortunately forgot to set the gain on my photos. The result was an underexposed mess that wasn’t salvagable in photoshop. That was only part of the mess […]