Flintstone Stargazing

September 6, 2008

C65-Sculptor Galaxy on 9/6/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Caldwell Object, NGC, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 4:02 am

I stayed up WAY too late, but as I was about to pack things up, having spent a lot of time figuring out some technical stuff with my scope, I thought I’d take a look at an object near where I’d been looking and I pointed the scope to C65, a Caldwell Object, called the Sculptor Galaxy. I had never seen this through my scope or camera before. Through the scope, I could make out a cigar shaped blur, but with the camera, WOW! I couldn’t resist and started imaging it. An hour later i finally put everything away, but I was so anxious to see the results that I stayed up to do some quick processing. I’m going to reprocess it when I get the chance, using only the very best frames, which I think will improve it even more, but I’m really excited about this object. I’m planning on returning to it to take a lot more images. It’s a really interesting galaxy where the dust and spiral arms have much more definition than most of the galaxies I’ve imaged. Anyway, very exciting!

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