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 […]

Messier 87 & Photogenic Black Holes

M87 made the news last year when scientists from around the world collaborated to take the first photograph of a black hole. Don’t mix the object above up with the object to the right – the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy is incredibly tiny when viewed from Earth. One scientist described […]

Messier 108 – The Surfboard Galaxy

Messier 108 is a great example for why we call it Galaxy Season. At this time of year, many of the beautiful galaxies that grace our night skies are high above us. Because you’re shooting straight up, you’ve got much less air to contend with and ultimately get a sharper photo. And with few neighbours […]