Black Eye Galaxy -M64



From Wikipedia:

“The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Evil Eye Galaxy; designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and independently by Johann Elert Bode in April of the same year, as well as by Charles Messier in 1780. It has a spectacular dark band of absorbing dust in front of the galaxy’s bright nucleus, giving rise to its nicknames of the “Black Eye” or “Evil Eye” galaxy. M64 is well known among amateur astronomers because of its appearance in small telescopes. It is a spiral galaxy in the Coma Berenices constellation.”

This was taken through the Celestron EdgeHD 11 inch telescope.  A total of 138 images were stacked for a total imaging time of 7.5 hours

Whirlpool Galaxy – Color




The subexposures for this stacked image were taken with LRGB filters.  The total exposure time was about 25 hours with the Celestron 11 inch telescope.

From Wikipedia:

“The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way, but different methods yield distances between 15 and 35 million light-years. Messier 51 is one of the best known galaxies in the sky. The galaxy and its companion, NGC 5195, are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars. The Whirlpool Galaxy is also a popular target for professional astronomers, who study it to further understand galaxy structure (particularly structure associated with the spiral arms) and galaxy interactions.”

Panstaars C/2012 K1 (Update)

Panstaars C/2012 K1 (Update)

This is the latest photo of this comet. It was imaged using a Hyperstar lens at F2 on a Celestron C11 Edge HD with a Starlight Xpress H9C color camera. The best of 90 images were stacked using Maxim DL and then the image was processed further in Photoshop CS6. The individual exposures ranged between 30 and 300 seconds.

A Messier Miss in Leo – NGC 2903

This is one of the better objects missed by Charles Messier in the preparation of his list of objects to avoid when searching for comets. Located in the constellation Leo it is around 31 million light years away and has the luminosity of 19 billion suns. It has been adorned with festive star spikes just for fun. This image was taken with the 11 inch Celestron EdgeHD and is a composite of 20 images taken with RGB filters and processed in Maxim DL and Photoshop. See if you can find two double stars in this photo.


The Outer Limits Galaxy – M104


Otherwise known as the Sombrero Galaxy or Messier 104, a black and white photo of this galaxy was shown in the ending credits of each episode of the original version of “The Outer Limits.” It is fitting that the Sombrero Galaxy is the first deep space object taken from the Astro La Vista Observatory given its Southwestern theme. Hanging down from the Western tip there is a 10th magnitude star that the author of “Deep Sky Wonders” describes as a bauble. An interesting tidbit is that this Galaxy has a luminosity of 210 Billion Suns and is 16 times the brightness of the Milky Way. It doesn’t appear that the Universe will be running out of energy any time soon. This was taken with the 11 inch Celestron Edge HD at f/7 along with the QSI camera with RGB filters. It is a composite of approximately 20 stacked images with exposure times running between 60 seconds and 200 seconds.

I believe this is a fairly close replication of the photo that was taken for “The Messier Album” by John Mallas. Evered Kreimer took many of the photos for that book with a 12.5 inch f/7 Cave reflector from a location in Prescott, AZ where the Astro La Vista Observatory is located. I changed two things. I added a slight amount of color and I inverted the photo because I liked it better that way. 🙂