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2021 “Ring of Fire” Annular Solar Eclipse

Solar astrophotography hasn’t been a common thing for me… in fact the last time I took out my Kendrick solar filter was the LAST solar eclipse in 2017. But some duct tape and a 4:30am wakeup call later, I was out in a neighbour’s field waiting for the sun to rise with my @williamoptics RedCat51 and an older Canon T6 […]

Messier 51: The Whirlpool Galaxy

Another favourite galaxy from the Big Dipper! This time it’s Messier 51, widely known as the Whirlpool Galaxy… and sometimes the “Question Mark” Galaxy. It’s been almost a year since I’ve photographed M51, and my skills have definitely improved! Extremely happy to see the long dust trails that have escaped me in the past. Capture […]

“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 […]

NGC3628: The Hamburger Galaxy

Capture Details Frames: 25×120″Integration: 0.8 hoursAvg. Moon age: 1.26 daysAvg. Moon phase: 1.79% Astrometry.net job: 3454297RA center: 11h 20′ 3″DEC center: +13° 33′ 57″Pixel scale: 0.718 arcsec/pixelOrientation: 23.991 degreesField radius: 0.492 degrees Full capture details on Astrobin Other Photos of Galaxies in the Constellation Leo Learn more about NGC 3628 Hamburger Galaxy on Wikipedia

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 […]