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The Leo Triplet

The Leo Triplet of Galaxies

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The Leo Triplet is an interesting group of 3 galaxies that are often observed and photographed within a single field of view. The Leo Triplet includes spiral galaxies M65, M66, and NGC 3628. This group of galaxies is also known as the M66 group, and is found in the constellation Leo.  Each one of the galaxies is tilted at a different angle, making them all appear quite different from each other from our vantage point on Earth. NGC 3628 (The Hamburger Galaxy) is seen edge-on, with dark dust lanes that obscure the bright core of the galaxy. M65 and M66 are on angles that show off their b…

Galaxy Season Astrophotography Projects

8 Deep-Sky Targets for Galaxy Season

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In the astrophotography realm, Galaxy Season refers to the period in Spring when the night sky offers up a buffet of incredible galaxies to observe and photograph. From early March until Mid-May, the window of opportunity for night sky enthusiasts is open to those who wish to a wide variety of different galaxies. In this post, I'll provide a list of promising galaxies that are possible to photograph with a small telescope. A higher magnification telescope is required for an up-close view of many of these galaxies, but it is still a lot of fun to try these with a small refractor as well.&nbs…

DSLR Astrophotography

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 the 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 T…

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.  Its 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…

Monster Galaxy

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This post showcases one of my first images of the Andromeda Galaxy. The photo was captured using a small refractor telescope on a tracking equatorial mount. I have since photographed Messier 31 several times through a variety of different telescopes. Have a look at my experiences photographing Andromeda using a William Optics Z61 refractor on an iOptron SkyGuider Pro mount: Let's Photograph the Andromeda Galaxy. This post includes a video and description of my deep sky astrophotography setup. M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy On Friday July 21st, I spent another lonely night at the CCCA Obse…