Deep Sky Objects
Deep sky photography is the most challenging. Many of the objects are faint and require long hours of exposure to capture in detail. The effort is great but the rewards can be just as great. Some of my older film images are below as well as my new attempts at photographing objects with my digital SLR. I have also completed a Messier catalogue using my digital SLR that will be completed sometime in the future when I have some more time. However, here are some nice pictures I have taken with my Nikon D5000 and a 6" F5 reflector. Enjoy them.
The dark nebula B86 "The Ink Spot" and open cluster NGC 6520 can be found off the tip of the Sagittarius teapot. This is a combination of four 5 minute exposures using a 6" F5 reflector and a Nikon D5000 set at ISO 800.
The great Andromeda Galaxy (M31) with it's two companions (M32 top and NGC 205/M110 right of center). This is a combination of four six exposures (one 5 minute and five ten minute) using a 6" F5 reflector and a Nikon D5000 set at ISO 800, 1000, 1600, and 3200.
The Pleiades open cluster (M45) and nebulosity. This is a combination of two 5-minute, one 10-minute, and three 2-minute exposures using a 6" F5 reflector and a Nikon D5000 set at ISO 1000.
The Pinwheel galaxy (M101) and companions (NGC 5474 upper left, NGC 5477 to upper right, and the star-like object NGC 5473 to the far right). This is a combination of four10-minute exposures using a 6" F5 reflector and a Nikon D5000 set at ISO 1000. The streak at lower left is the Lacrosse4 satellite that passed through during the exposure.
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