A fun Friday night. I didn't get started until after midnight.....long story. Neil dropped by just as I was beginning my first image run on NGC 891
. We had a great time talking while the camera collected subs.
The sky was above average in darkness, transparancy and seeing.
Next I tried a very small (6 arc min) galaxy in or near Triangulum......NGC 7814. That didn't turn out very well. The object is just too small for my low resolution camera and a 650mm focal length. I may try it again with my 4" Mak (1325mm focal length). NGC 7814 is sometimes called the "Little Sombrero" because of it's similarity to the larger M104. It is shaped like a football with a prominent central dust lane from end to end, but my image doesn't show the full extent of the fainter parts.
Setup: Orion 130mm f/5 Newtonian, Celestron CG5 GT mount, Orion StarShoot II color CCD (unguided) Processing: Maxim DL Essentials, Photo Shop Elements with Carboni tools.
NGC 891: Mag. 10 apparent size: 13.5 arc min. Approx. 30 million light years distant
A picture book edge-on galaxy in Andromeda. 72 subs at 40 seconds per sub. 60 subs used in the final image. I don't like the stars.....still bloated, but overall I think it's improved over my previous attempts.....better detail.