“Coma Berenice” is a constellation that barely has visible stars in light polluted area’s. However, it hides a million billion of galaxies, far far away… and this is just one of those. At a distance of 30 million lightyears, I ‘ve seen it in my old 20cm Newtonian as a fine needle in the sky. The amount of detail that my current image shows is incomparable.
C11 Nikon D750 Optolong Pro, 37x600seconds on thee nights in April 2018. Location: Meldert, Hoegaarden with an average SQM of 20,60
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This is a group of galaxies in Leo, the Lion constellation that dominates spring nights. M65, M66 and NGC3628. At distances of 35, 42 and 37 Million light years, they form a fysical group in space Tidal forces rip apart the extremities of NGC3628. The smallest galaxy identified in this image is PGC1423398 at a distance of 2 Billion light years: so glad those fotons travelled that distance in space & time only to get caught in my camera!!
Picture with: C11 Starizona LF SCT reducer F 7.2 FL2010mm Nikon D750 FF Optolong L-Pro 2″ 800iso 27x600s