M109: an image, despite all issues

An image of the surprisingly nice galaxy M109, located near Phecda, one of the bright stars of the Ursa Major’s bowl. Imaging was done with the C11, using the Starizona F 7.2 reducer, and the Nikon D750. Unfortunately, the image format setting in SGP was set to “FITS”. That resulted in strange, Black/White images with lots of problems! I could salvage the 27×300″ images a bit but the end result is a bit disappointing, it’s not a color version to start with. ..

NGC3628 and it’s “tidal tail”

It very rarely happens that we ‘ve got 9 nights in a row (around new Moon!) here in Belgium. Next to the main setup I have put the little SharpStar to use to capture- every night 10-minute frames of this area. Even with the Optolong LPS the large field gave a clear gradiënt of light pollution.

Seeing the tail appear after 145 frames made me smile 🙂
So yes it’s possible to capture this feature in SQM 20 type skies, you only need a lot of patience I guess (or a faster scope).

Gemini Treasures

An overview image of Gemini around Messier 35, the well know open Star Cluster. The open cluster is on the top left, with very cloise on it’s upper right, the smalle open cluster NGC2158. Near the lower centre, we see the red gas of the ancient supernova remnant IC443, and to the upper right the bright hydrogen nebula IC2175. There are some spots in the image that I cannot define, maybe it’s reflections.

Click on the image for a better view, not sure why it looks so unsharp in this format!

Another processing (Astrobin version)
SQM Graph during the capturing of this image / top line is SQM max SQM achieved was about 20,15 Clouds came in later in the night