Flintstone Stargazing

February 24, 2009

M51-The Whirlpool Galaxy on 2/23/09

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 2:37 am

Tonight, I decided to see if I could get guiding to work and, at least in the northern part of the sky, I could. The image above, of M51-The Whirlpool Galaxy, is actually a slightly shorter exposure than Friday’s image. But, I was able to use 2 minute subs to stack it and as a result, I was able to pull out quite a bit more detail. I did not have as much success with guiding in the southern part of the sky on M104. When I tried that, I had real problems. I’ll probably put a post on cloudynights.com about it and see if anyone has any advice.



  1. Hi Ed,
    could you please tell me how do you do your guiding. How do you connect your pc to your LXD75 mount so they manage to communicate with each other?
    Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Ricardo — February 27, 2009 @ 8:17 am

  2. Tell you what – I’ll actually do a post on it with photos and everything.

    Comment by Ed — February 27, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  3. Awesome!!
    Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Ricardo — February 28, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

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