Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hoot Hoot - The Owl Nebula and M108 - Surfboard Galaxy

Messier 97 or M97 (a.k.a NGC 3587) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Ursa Major and is approximately 2600 light years away.  It is commonly known as the Owl Nebula since William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, observed the nebula in 1848, his hand-drawn illustration resembled an owl's head.  Its estimated age is 6,000-12,000 years. (source: astropixels and wikipedia)

Messier 108 or M108 (a.k.a. NGC 3556) is a spiral galaxy 100,000 light years across in the constellation Ursa Major and approximately 45 million light years from Earth. (source: astropixels)

Wide Field 

M97 - Owl Nebula

M108 - Surfboard Galaxy
M97 and M108
Location: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, CT
Date: 3-3-17
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i(a), Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm
f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Barlow: None
Focal Length: 600mm
Focal Reducer: Orion 0.8x Focal Reducer for Refractor Telescopes
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Filter: Astrodon UV/IR
Autoguiding: QHY-5L-II-M attached to an Agena 50mm Guide Scope with Helical Focuser
Exposure: 56 x 60s (56 min)
ISO: 1600
Temp: 0 C
Post Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop, Lightroom, Gradient Exterminator, Astronomy Tools

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