“Once believed to be a great swirling nebula, M51 is now known to be the finest example of a face-on spiral galaxy. A near neighbor of our own galaxy, just 15 million light years away, this graceful pinwheel of stars, dust and gas measures about 50,000 light years across and shines with the luminosity of about 10 billion suns.”
Stephen James O’Meara
This was taken through the 11 inch Celestron Edge HD at F7 and binned 4×4. Twenty 200 second images were taken with LRGB filters and stacked. The camera was a QSI 583wsg. The image was processed in Maxim DL and Photoshop.
This comet was discovered May 19, 2012 using the Pan-STARRS telescope located in Hawaii. This is a stacked image of 40 half minute exposures through RGB filters taken through the 11 inch Celestron. It was processed in Maxim DL and Photoshop. More info about visible comets can be found here: http://www.aerith.net/comet/future-n.html
This cluster is 65000 light years distant and has a luminosity of 330,000 times that of the Sun. It was taken with the 11 inch Celestron and represents 20 stacked RGB filtered images of 60 seconds each. It was processed in Maxim DL and Photoshop.
NGC 3628 is the faintest member of a trio of Galaxies in Leo that is also comprised of Messier 65 and Messier 66. It has a beautiful dust lane that is quite evident in this photo. The photo is a stacked composite of the best of twenty 200 second images using RGB filters on the Celestron 11 Edge HD. It was processed in Maxim DL and Photoshop.