Monday, May 29, 2017


Messier 85 (a.k.a. as M85 or NGC 4382) is an elliptical galaxy in the Coma Berenices constellation and is 60 million light-years away.  It is interacting with the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 4394, and a small elliptical galaxy called MCG 3-32-38.

I am almost caught up with processing images, just one more, as the weather has been very cloudy as of late.  Just by coincidence, M85 happens to be the 85th Messier object I captured for my catalog.

Wide Field


Location: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, CT
Date: 5-16-17, 5-18-17
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: 24 x 90s, 27 x 90s
ISO: 1600
Temp: 18 C
Post Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop, Lightroom, Gradient Exterminator, Astronomy Tools, StarTools.

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