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Galaxies

Most are photographed with a 500mm f.4 (the exception is the Andromeda
Galaxy), Canon 7D Mark II, multiple images stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.
Tracked with an Astro Trac.


The Great Andromeda Galaxy, M31. The smaller galaxy above M31 is M110, below 
and to the right side of M31 is M32. The Andromeda Galaxy is about 2.5 million light years from Earth.
This is my newest version of the Andromeda Galaxy at 200mm.

Bode's Galaxy, M81 (right) and the Cigar Galaxy, M82 . Located near Ursa Major.

Markarian's Chain. A group of galaxies located in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster.
See this link for a wide field image of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster.

The Leo Triplets. Three galaxies located in the constellation Leo, . 
NGC 3593 is seen in the upper right corner.

A tighter crop of the Leo Triplets. From the left and clockwise:
NGC 3628 (also known as the Hamburger Galaxy), M65 and M66.

The Pinwheel Galaxy, M101. A very faint galaxy located in Ursa Major.

 

Triangulum Galaxy, M33. I need to take a lot more subs to get this one right. 

Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, located in Ursa Major

Sombrero Galaxy, M 104. Not the best, but I will try again someday. The atmosphere was not favorable.
This was taken at 700mm, tracked with an AstroTrac, 39 one minute exposures stacked. The Sombrero Galaxy
is one of the most massive of the nearby galaxies with several hundred billion stars. It is over 50,000 light years diameter
and is about 28 million light years from our solar system.


M 106 and neighboring galaxies. Six other galaxies are visible. M 106 is known as a Seyfert galaxy, a galaxy that is collapsing into the central black hole. Located in the constellation
Canes Venatici. I could only get 20 exposures for this image, I need more, but the wind came up and I could not get good images. 500mm, f4, ISO 800, tracked with AstroTrac.

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