NGC 4656/7: The Hockey Stick Galaxy

“Hello out there… we’re on the air… it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight.” With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, it seems appropriate to image the “Hockey Stick Galaxy” – a highly warped barred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. The galaxy gets its “stick” due to gravitational warping from near by galaxies like the Whale Galaxy NGC4631. […]

NGC 4169: The Box

After being inspired by a photo on Reddit, I decided to take a crack at “The Box”… four galaxies including elliptical and edge on galaxies. The target, however, turned out to be very small… so detail is limited. Capture details Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 9.25  Imaging cameras: QHY268C Mounts: Celestron CGX  Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm […]

The Hamburger Galaxy

It’s first “official” light on my new QHY268C camera. Ordered in September, it finally appeared in mid March and I’ve been spending the last few clear nights tweaking and playing with the settings. There’s some major differences between this and my ZWO ASI294MC Pro… including heightened sensitivity and reduced noise. The DSO settings alone took […]

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 […]

M82 – The Cigar Galaxy

I return to the Cigar Galaxy often… an edge on galaxy that shines brightly just off the Big Dipper in the northern sky. With blues forming a background of intricate red flares, it’s one of the more unique galaxies to photograph. Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron SCT 8” Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO Mounts: Celestron AVX  Guiding […]

Triangulum Galaxy Messier 33

After a few hit-or-miss attempts at Mars during the few clear nights we’ve had this fall, I decided to go back to hunting down galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters. Triangulum is a early fall favourite, rising high in the sky while the nights begin to dramatically lengthen. Along with Andromeda, M33 is anticipated to merge […]