Messier 101 (Pinwheel Galaxy)

Messier 101, commonly known as the Pinwheel Galaxy is a great target to image during galaxy season. I captured this image over multiple nights in NJ and at a dark site in Cherry Springs, PA.

With this target, I had gone back to my native focal length of 952mm by removing my Starizona Apex 0.65x Focal Reducer.

I had to throw away over 50 frames during this session due to focusing issues I was facing with NINA.

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IC 1805 (The Elephant Trunk Nebula)

IC1396, also known as The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, is a region full of installer gas and dust. This isn’t as colorful as my previous images, but it’s a fun target to image. Elephant’s Trunk Nebula is a star-forming region with several young stars.

I took this at Cherry Springs State Park, PA, over the last new moon weekend.

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Messier 33 (The Triangulum Galaxy)

Messier 33 also known as the Triangulum Galaxy is one of the most beautiful face-on galaxies in the night sky. This is part of our local group of galaxies which includes, Andromeda, The Magellanic Clouds, and our own Milkyway.

I took this image at Cherry Springs State Park a truly dark site in Pennsylvania.

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Messier 31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) is the galaxy closest to us. This is a very bright object which can be observed with our naked eye.

I took this image of M31 in 2014. The target is not in focus, I have since gotten a Bahtinov mask to avoid future issues. Even this blurry image is a lot better than my previous attempt where I have star trails.

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