Galaxy Season 2020

Galaxies Messier 65 and Messier 66, photographed in March 2020
Galaxies Messier 65 and Messier 66, photographed in November 2020

Some may call it spring, but for night time astrophotographers March through June is the peek of “Galaxy Season”

Large clusters of galaxies, like the Virgo Cluster or Markarian’s Chain, contain large strings of galaxies. Elliptical galaxies, spiral galaxies, or irregular galaxies are all visible and often in the same frame for even deep sky rigs. Even those with a solid camera lens 400mm or longer can capture some beautiful collections of these distance wonders of the night sky.

2020’s season has been a unique one. As we all try to “Flatten the Curve” for COVID-19, I have been self isolating at the lake and working remotely. If the skies clear, I can be imaging quickly.

2020’s Galaxy season has been a busy one for me, focusing primarily on Messier objects for my Catalog project. Results are mixed. Being beside a warming lake and a snow pack that won’t fully melt until mid May isn’t great for seeing. But every night is an opportunity to learn.

This year’s photos so far…