The Pinwheel Galaxy M101

The Pinwheel Galaxy M101

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This was taken last weekend at AstroAdventures near Bradworthy Devon, with my K3 linked up to an Intes MN71 Telescope. It comprises 8x8 minute auto guided exposures stacked together in Deepsky stacker and then processes in Photoshop by the team at AstroAdventures. I have the original RAW files which I'll have a go at processing myself shortly.

I spent a weekend star gazing with some serious optics courtesy of my wonderful wife, what a great birthday present.

For info the Pinwheel Galaxy is 21 million light years away, so not only is it the farthest object away I've ever taken, it's also the oldest.
25/04/2015 - 13:21Spider-Man
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alfpics

Link Posted 25/04/2015 - 14:28
Terrific stuff! Was this like a day/ weekend 'experience' thing?
Andy

GIULIO57

Link Posted 25/04/2015 - 15:06
Beautiful
PPG

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 25/04/2015 - 17:18
Very nice image and what a thrill to have been able to take this with your own camera...beats the Moon hands down.

Karlo

Spider-Man

Link Posted 25/04/2015 - 21:52
alfpics wrote:
Terrific stuff! Was this like a day/ weekend 'experience' thing?

Andy, yes it was an experience thing, check out http://www.astroadventures.co.uk for details. We stayed for two nights Friday & Saturday in one of the two holiday lodges they have on site and were fortunate to have unrestricted access to both large Telescopes. Things might be a bit different if you were part of a larger group & obviously you are at the mercy of the weather.
It's not the strongest species that survive, nor is it the most intelligent. It is those most adaptable to change.

Spider-Man

Link Posted 25/04/2015 - 22:16
1stEverPentax wrote:
Very nice image and what a thrill to have been able to take this with your own camera...beats the Moon hands down.

Karlo

Karlo, I connected the K3 to the telescope via a T mount adaptor. The advantage of connecting your camera to the telescope and having the long exposure is that the sensor captures far more light than your eye gathers when you look through the telescope. So the images have much more detail than you can see when viewing the objects in real time.
It's not the strongest species that survive, nor is it the most intelligent. It is those most adaptable to change.

Teaka53

Link Posted 26/04/2015 - 16:26
Lucky you, what an experience, what a memory to keep
Malc
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