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Deep-Sky Target: The Leo Triplet

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Astrophotography in Galaxy Season This past weekend, the clouds conveniently parted for me on a nearly moonless friday night.  The "seeing" and "transparency" were by no means perfect, but I was not about to complain.  Late winter and early spring are what's known as "galaxy season" among amateur astronomers and photographers alike.  The milder temperatures and assortment of observable galaxies make this an enjoyable time of the year for astrophotography.  If I'm going to spend a night photographing galaxies from the backyard, it might as well be 3 at once: the Leo Triplet. Winter sta…

M33 Galaxy

M33 Galaxy – The Triangulum Galaxy

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[caption id="attachment_2281" align="aligncenter" width="686"] M33 - The Triangulum Galaxy[/caption] The Triangulum Galaxy The M33 Galaxy is the third-largest galaxy in the local-group of galaxies, behind the Milky Way and Andromeda.  It's large size from our vantage point makes my wide-field astrophotography 80mm telescope a great choice for imaging this target. Despite it's size, the Triangulum Galaxy appears much dimmer than M31 - The Andromeda galaxy.  If you are new to astrophotography, chances are that the Triangulum Galaxy is one of the first few galaxy names you have learned. M33…