Flintstone Stargazing

August 12, 2008

M101-Pinwheel Galaxy on 8/11/08

Filed under: Observation Journal — Ed @ 12:57 am

While siting out here waiting for the Moon to set so I can see the Perseid meteor shower, I’ve been taking some long exposures of some Messier objects. With the Moon out (and being so bright) there’s a lot of sky glow which makes it more difficult to pull deep sky objects out of the background and so it makes it that much more important to get as long of exposures as possible. This image has 50 minutes of data – from 1 minute subs. It’s due to the precise nature of the drift alignment that I’m able to get subs that long.

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