The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.

— Peter De Vries

Galaxies

A Guide to Outer Space Surveillance!

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NGC6166 neighborhood

NGC6166 neighborhood

Noted in this photo from last nigh are the galaxies I could identify. View the picture full resolution by clicking on "ORIGINAL" below. There are more you should be able to find, which I have not circled. This wall of galaxies in next to the Keystone of Hercules. (All numbers are from the PGC catalog unless otherwise identified.)

Galaxies galore

Galaxies galore

It was clear last night. Overhead was Hercules. I was going to image M13.  Nearby the atlas showed NGC6166. I wanted to know what it looked like, so I took a 60 second exposure. I then went for an hour (5min x 12) I realized there were more galaxies in this photo. So I took the task to identify as many as I reasonably could. The results are in the next post: NGC6166 neighborhood.

NGC6027dI

NGC6027dI

This one hour image unguided taken Friday evening, June 19, 2010 with Orion 80ED mounted on a Celestron CGEM goto mount.  I attempted to image these galaxies before and decided I would try again last night.  The galaxies known as Seyfert Sexteltt in Serpens Cauda looked like they were merging some 49,000 ly distance.  Located near ra 15h 59m  dec +20d 43', they appear in the center of this image (sort of triangle appearance).   Actually wanted another two galaxies merging, but this one was a challange with this scope.  Next time I may try imaging with the

NGC3623 aka M66 along with M65

NGC3623 aka M66 along with M65

First night out in quite awhile, this image was taken thru my Orion 80ED on my Losmandy GM8.  My intention was to image M66 (upper spiral) but with such a wide field I also caught M65.  This is only a raw 23 min image, first since last fall.

m51 again

m51 again

80 minutes on IC-4277 (spiral galaxy edge on, bottom left) and IC-4277 (Irregular galaxy, bottom center) and M51 (the big thingy in middle of the picture)