Galaxy NGC 925

Galaxy NGC 925 on Nov 29, 2014.  18x120 sec @ ISO 3200, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modified.)
Galaxy NGC 925 on Nov 29, 2014. 18×120 sec @ ISO 3200, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modified.)

I wanted to see what this was.  It appears to be a spiral galaxy.  With just 18 sub-images, it is only barely visible.   I might come back to this one with longer exposures and 4 times as many subs to bring it out better.

M15 Globular Cluster

M15 Globular Cluster on Nov 29, 2014. 32x120 sec @ ISO 800, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modifed.)14
M15 Globular Cluster on Nov 29, 2014. 32×120 sec @ ISO 800, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modifed.)

It has been so long since I imaged with the C8 I forgot how big a globular would look in it.  To satisfy my curiosity, I shot M15 at the start of my imaging session on Nov 29, 2014.   I had to crop out the distortion in the corners, so this is roughly a 60% crop of the central region.

NGC 4565 – Edge-on Galaxy

NGC 4565 on Nov 28 & 29, 2014. 18x180 sec @ ISO 1600 plus 20x120 sec @ ISO 3200, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modified.)
NGC 4565 on Nov 28 & 29, 2014. 18×180 sec @ ISO 1600 plus 20×120 sec @ ISO 3200, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modified.)

This is a “quickie” of one of my favorite deep sky objects, taken with my Celestron C8 SCT.  Edge-on galaxy NGC 4565 is the best example of the edge-on galaxy class in the sky.   I shot this right before sunrise when the object was just high enough to start imaging.   It could use more time and I’ll probably add to it (I did on Nov 29, 2014 – an additional 40 minutes of data.)   I’m pleased at what I have so far.  I haven’t seen it in quite some time and it was nice to image it again.

Close-Up of The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula on Nov 28, 2014. 24x60 sec and 27x300 sec @ ISO 1600, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modified.)
The Orion Nebula on Nov 28, 2014. 24×60 sec and 27×300 sec @ ISO 1600, C8 at F/6.3, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (modified.)

One of my first images shot through a telescope at prime focus was of M42, the Orion Nebula.  It was taken with my Celestron C8 SCT and 35mm film.  Here’s the latest digital version of the same object taken with the same scope.     I had to work hard aligning and collimating the scope before taking the sub-images for this, but the old girl is back in shape and delivered some useful data for this often imaged object.  It just fits in the field of view at 1260mm of focal length.