Category: General

M 106

Messier 106 (also known as NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre M├ęchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. It is also a Seyfert II galaxy. Due to x-rays and unusual emission lines detected, it …

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First try at a mosaic: Veil Nebula

A first test to make a mosaic in Pixinsight. Not too bad, being this a 2-panel mosaic of Luminance images – made up of just a few exposures. [table caption=”Image data”] Target, NGC 6992 (mosaic) Date, 18 July; 2 and 15 August 2014 Images, Luminance; two panels Optics, Cassegrain f/9 20″ @3550mm Mount:, ASA DDM85XL …

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Winter time in Val Gardena

Light pollution in the Alps

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Nice evening :)

Val Gardena

Bended pier

Usually most privately used observatories use a straight pier – made either out of concrete or steel. A problem that might arise is that, in certain positions (usually pointing towards the zenith and/or the meridian), the scope may hit the pier. We also experienced this problem, so we had to forget about imaging around the …

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