la aguja

NGC 4565 en Coma Berenices La Galaxia Aguja

Not much time for this one as it disappeared behind the building. First documented by Sir William Herschel in 1785 it is between 30 and 50 million light years distant and a good example of what a galaxy looks like when viewed edge on.
ngc 4565 with ngc4562
canon 700d with ar 152s : 13 x 240s @ ISO 800



M57, a planetary nebula. Gonna have to get the big telescope out for this one. Gas emitted from a dead star at the end of its life, 2300 light years away the former red giant star left ionised gas as it contracted to a white dwarf.

Exercise in dither. No dark frames. Using the sinisterly named kappa sigma clipping algorithm.in DSS. No idea why it works but it does.

It's there in the centre somewhere


scorpio globulars

With the telescope a little too horizontal for comfort low over La Nucía trying to avoid the glare of antares (just out of shot)I had around an hour before M4 crossed the meridian. Getting better with the processing...
M4 left with baby hippo NGC6144 in scorpio
canon 700D on bresser 152s
19 x 120s @ ISO 800

luceros 2016

mascletà 22 de junio 2016
polop muchavista luceros

oh dear

common sense does not prevail

1975 Yes

2016 No

Get the bloody brits off our beach


trio leo

Fighting against daylight, I grabbed an hour or so of relative darkness last night. Warm dry westerlies and t-shirts; just doesn't seem like proper astronomy.

35 million light years awat at the bottom left of Leo.

NGC 3628 top with M66 left and M65 in Leo
bresser 152s  + canon 700D
 24 x 240s @ ISO 800
same snaps without the dark frames
looks better to me


markarian revisit

Last time it was rising. This time starting west of the meridian hanging to the left of Leo. This time with PEC. This time with a LPF. This time with everything better. OK, it got a bit better. Diminishing marginal returns. With all the galaxies over 60 million light years away, fair dos.
markarians's chain in virgo starring M84 and M86
ar152s + canon 700D
24 x 240s @ ISO 800