Flintstone Stargazing

December 3, 2007

An improved M74

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 10:30 pm

M74 on 12/3/07

M74 is a really interesting target – in my scope, the galaxy is, at best, a smudge, but the longer exposure I get, the more details of this spiral galaxy that show up . This image is a bit more than twice as long as my last image of it that I took the other day. This one has a total exposure time of 12 minutes. It actually took a bit more than an hour to get 12 minutes of good 30 second exposures. I’ve fixed both broken legs of the tripod, but I think I’m going to have to do a bit more with the mount – it’s not staying as solid as it used to be. It really should have only taken maybe 20 minutes to get 12 minutes of good exposures.


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