Monday, September 22, 2014

And then there was ONE

I'm rolling through the Messier Catalog.  It's 8 or so years in the works but I now have images of 109 of the 110 objects!  Only one left is, M79 in Lepus the constellation just south of Orion.  I will hopefully image it before the end of the year.

Total list and progress is on my home page -

On a single clear night, mind you there haven't been many, I shot 3 more.

Here's M72, which I thought I had shot previously, but mis labled it so I had to shoot it for real this time!

Next up is either an asterism or open cluster, it's listed as both in different places, but M73 is the simple group of 4 stars in the upper right.

 M30 came out very nicely after a few battles with software and alignment issues in the previous two shots.  Here is the full field.  But click here on Astrobin for the full res

Here is the full res cropped at HD res.

While I waited for my targets to clear the trees I found a small group of galaxies, NGC 6702 & 6703.  Amongst them are many other galaxies, mag 15-16+  I found no measure of distance or radial velocity, which I initially found intriguing but am no annoyed I don't know how far away they are!

Here's a overlay with labels.

For more trippy 'vastness of the universe reads' link to an old post about Abell 262 here

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I've always loved facts, provable facts of nature and things concerning science.  

Over time, I found that most facts are mostly reference and it was the creation of and discovery of new things that intrigued me.

"A good friend once told me you are our memory
without them we equal nothing
And all I can see is the place I wanna be
Suddenly my life was so free
Leaves at my feet, blown to the ground
their echoes are reaching my ears
Nights coming fast, suns going down" - A7x