Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tim Schott made a great SHOT!!!!

Here is an image he took this past week of NGC 891, a galaxy about the same size of the Milky Way and around 30 million light years away in the constellation Andromeda. His PHD Guiding software appears to be doing a fine job giving nice round stars for ten minutes on his mobile setup (INSIDE New Jersey for cryin' out loud). The dust clouds that block much of the galaxy's light are distinctly visible.
This is an great image for an 8" scope..... compare his image to the one at the bottom with 12x more time exposure and probably from a darker sky site. 
Excellent work Tim!
You've come a long way in a short time.

Image by NJAA member Tim Schott



Image by R. Jay GaBany

The bottom image was produced using a RCOS half meter telescope, Apogee Altra U16M camera ($13K) camera and Astrodon E-Series Filters.
Exposure times:  1,710 minutes Luminance, 120 minutes Red, 120 minutes Green, 120 minutes Blue (all 1x1). 
Some of this info was reproduced from www.Cosmotography.com
Keith Marley