It’s been more than a month since I’ve been able to open up the observatory nd get some clear skies. It’s an early kickoff to spring’s galaxy season with a new target – Galaxy NGC 3718.
This distorted spiral galaxy is 52 million light years away and sits just below the pan of the big dipper in the northern sky. It’s companion galaxy, NGC 3729 (on top) is only about 150,000 light years from the main galaxy… and is likely the cause for its long arms.
Just to the left of 3718 you’ll see a set of other conjoined & distorted galaxies way off in the distance.
- Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 9.25
- Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO ZWO ASI 294 MC PRO
- Mounts: Celestron CGX
- Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
- Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider
- Focal reducers: Celestron Reducer, 0.63x
- Software: NINA – Nighttime Imaging ‘N’ Astronomy
- Accessory: Celestron Focus Motor
- Dates:March 7, 2021
- Frames: 26×360″
- Integration: 2h 36′
- Avg. Moon age: 23.65 days
- Avg. Moon phase: 34.29%
Basic astrometry details
- Astrometry.net job: 4290427
- RA center: 11h 32′ 42″
- DEC center: +53° 5′ 38″
- Pixel scale: 0.532 arcsec/pixel
- Orientation: 293.003 degrees
- Field radius: 0.355 degrees