ZWO ASI294 Color Camera - Galaxies

Introduction | Galaxies (April 28, 2022) | Final Words | Links || Appendix: Galaxies (April, 18, 2022)

On this page I present photos of multiple galaxies that I took with my ZWO ASI294MC camera. For this purpose, I had the photos evaluated and labeled by nova.astrometry.net, so that it is easier to find the larger galaxies, because even these are very small due to the large field of view.

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Introduction

From April to June is "galaxy time", and so I photograph and observe more galaxies during this time. With the eVscope, this means that because of the small field of view (about the size of the moon), I generally catch only one galaxy on a photo; only in exceptional cases there can be more. Since acquiring the ZWO ASI294, however, I can photograph larger fields of view; with the PS 72/432 refractor, for example, I get a field of view of a about 2.5° x 1.7° - the largest FOV that I can achieve with my equipment. As a result, depending on the area of sky in which it was taken, a photo may contain a large number of galaxies, most of which are very small. However, because of the large field of view, even the larger galaxies in the photos are quite small.

The following photos were all taken on April 28, 2022 in Erkerode (ZWO ASI294MC at PS 72/432). Thereby, I tried to photograph galaxies in the Virgo galaxy cluster, at Leo, and at Ursa Major.

It should be noted that I took the stacked photos with the StellarMate astronomy computer in control, the live stacking of which is still plagued with a lot of problems, especially regarding the image quality. In addition, the image width is reduced to 1920 pixels, which further reduces the image quality.

It is certainly quite interesting to see which and how many galaxies could be captured on 9 photos* during this one evening:

*) The 10th photo is a duplicate...

Note: In the appendix I show photos from an earlier observation evening with worse conditions (and photos).

 

Galaxies (April, 28, 2022, Erkerode)

In the following, I present only processed photos and the corresponding evaluations with nova.astrometry.net or in case of only a few galaxies in the photo a section from the photo instead of the evaluation. Under "Larger galaxies" I list only Messier and NGC objects.

Note: It is quite instructive to display the large versions of a photo (photo and evaluation) side by side in tabs in the Web browser. Then you can switch between the tabs to "turn on and off" the captions.

M 59, M 60

    

M 59/60 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 59/60 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

Larger galaxies: M 59, M 60, NGC 4606/07, NGC 4637/38, NGC 4660

Leo-Triplett (M 65, M 66, NGC 3628)

    

Leo-Triplett - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

Leo-Triplett - Apr 28, 2022, processed, section

The Leo triplet consists of the galaxies M 65 (top, at the center), M 66 (lower, at the center) und NGC 3628 (at the bottom left)

M 81, M 82, NGC 3077

    

M 81/M 82 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 81/82 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, section

The Bode Galaxies M 81 (Bode Galaxy; at the center) and M 82 (Cigar Galaxy; top right) are accompanied by the galaxy NGC 3077 (top left)

M 84, M 86 (Great Galactic Face)

    

M 84/86 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 84/86 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

The galaxies M 84 and M 86 form together with the smaller galaxies NGC 4387 (nose) and NGC 4388 (mouth) the "Great Galactic Face". Close to M 86 there is the galaxy NGC 4402.

Larger galaxies: M 84, M 86, NGC 4305/06, NGC 4313, NGC 4351, NGC 4371, NGC 4387/88, NGC 4402, NGC 4407, NGC 4425, NGC 4435/38 (The Eyes), NGC 4431/36/40

M 87 (Center of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster)

    

M 87 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 87 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

M 87, also called Virgo A, is the center of the Virgo galaxy cluster.

Larger galaxies: M 87, NGC 4425, NGC 4435/38 (The Eyes), NGC 4431/36/40, NGC 4452, NGC 4458/61, NGC 4473, NGC 4476, NGC 4478, NGC 4479, NGC 4491, NGC 4497, NGC 4503, NGC 4506, NGC 4528

M 89, M 90, M 58

    

M 89/90/58 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 89/90/58 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

M 89, M 90, and M 58 are not far away from M 87, that is, from the center of the Virgo galaxy cluster.

Larger galaxies: M 89, M 90, M 58, NGC 4506, NGC 4528, NGC 4531, NGC 4550/51, NGC 4564, NGC 4584

M 99, NGC 4298/4302

    

M 99 + NGC 4298/4302 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 99 + NGC 4298/4302 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

M 99 is located in constellation Coma Berenices.

Larger galaxies: M 99, NGC 4222, NGC 4237, NGC 4262, NGC 4298, NGC 4302

M 105, M 96

    

M 105 + M 96 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 105 + M 96 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

M 105 is located in constellation Leo and close to the galaxies M 95 and M 96; regrettably, M 95 did not quite fit in the photo... I should have accessed M 96 instead of M 105!

Larger galaxies: M 105, M 96 (, M 95), NGC 3367, NGC 3384/89, NGC 3412

M 108, M 97

    

M 108/97 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

 

M 108/97 - Apr 28, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

   

M 108/97 - Apr 28, 2022, processed

   

The galaxy M 108 is about at the center of both photos, the Owl Nebula M 97 (planetary nebula) at the bottom left. The bright spot at the top right of the upper photo is a star.

Larger galaxies: M 108, NGC 3499, NGC 3517, NGC 3594

 

Final Words

67 larger galaxies (M and NGC) on 9 photos, that is something that I had not achieved so far! Even theVscope cannot achieve this (I think...)! And even if I should have miscounted, the order of magnitude is correct...

 

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Appendix: Galaxies (April, 18, 2022, Mühlhausen)

Here, I show photos from an earlier observation evening with worse conditions (and photos).

It is certainly quite interesting to see which and how many galaxies could be captured on 8 photos during this one evening:

>> Overall, these were 50 galaxies - clearly less than on April 28, 2022...

M 58, M 89, (IC 3483 labelled)

    

IC 3483 - Apr 18, 2022, processed

 

IC 3483 - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

Larger galaxies: M 58, M 89, NGC 4528, NGC 4550/51, NGC 4554, NGC 4564, NGC 4567/68 (Siamese Twins) (IC 3483 at the top)

M 58, M 59, M 89, NGC 4567/68 (Siamese Twins)

    

NGC 4567/68 - Apr 18, 2022, processed

 

NGC 4567/68 - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

Larger galaxies: M 58, M 59, M 89, NGC 4564, NGC 4567/68 (Siamese Twins), NGC 4596, NGC 4606/07, NGC 4637/38

M 58, M 89, M 90, NGC 4567/68 (Siamese Twins)

    

M 89/90 - Apr 18, 2022, processed (Siamese Twins to the right)

 

M 89/90 - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

Larger galaxies: M 58, M 89, M 90, NGC 4550/51, NGC 4554, NGC 4567/68 (Siamese Twins), NGC 4584, NGC 4606/07

Leo Triplet (M 65, M 66, NGC 3628)

    

Leo Triplet - Apr 18, 2022, processed

 

Leo Triplet - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

The Leo triplet consists of the galaxies M 65 (top, at the center), M 66 (lower, at the center) und NGC 3628 (at the bottom left)

Larger galaxies: M 65, M 55, NGC 3628

M 81, M 82, NGC 3077

    

M 81/82 - Apr 18, 2022, processed

 

M 81/82 - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

The Bode Galaxies M 81 (Bode Galaxy; at the center) and M 82 (Cigar Galaxy; top right) are accompanied by the galaxy NGC 3077 (top left)

Larger galaxies: M 81, M 82, NGC 3077

M 84, M 86 (Great Galactic Face)

    

M 84/86 - Apr 18, 2022, processed

 

M 84/86 - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

The galaxies M 84 and M 86 form together with the smaller galaxies NGC 4387 (nose) and NGC 4388 (mouth) the "Great Galactic Face". Close to M 86 there is the galaxy NGC 4402.

Larger galaxies: M 84, M 86, NGC 4305/06, NGC 4351, NGC 4371, NGC 4387, NGC 4388, NGC 4402, NGC 4407, NGC 4425, NGC 4435/38 (The Eyes), NGC 4431/36/40, NGC 4452

M 95, M 96

    

M 95/96 - Apr 18, 2022, processed

 

M 95/96 - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

M 105 is located in constellation Leo and close to the galaxies M 95 and M 96, which are in the same constellation. This day, I was able to collect M 95, M 96, and M 105 in one photo!

Larger galaxies: M 95, M 96, M 105, NGC 3345, NGC 3384, NGC 3389

M 108, M 97

    

M 108/97 - Apr 18, 2022, processed

 

M 108/97 - Apr 18, 2022, processed, evaluation with nova.astrometry.net

The galaxy M 108 is about at the center of both photos, the Owl Nebula M 97 (planetary nebula) at the left.

Larger galaxies: M 108, NGC 3499, NGC 3517, NGC 3594

 

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