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Job 9:9

Job 9:9-10
9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Leo, Hercules and Coma Berenices

Was all over the sky this evening.  I began the evening imaging the Leo Trio of galaxies  (M65,  M66 and NGC 3628.  This is another favorite target by a number of imagers.

After taking a few frames of these galaxies, I aimed a little northeast of these to the constellation Coma Berenices and took a few shots of NGC4565, an edge on spiral galaxy about 43 million light years away.

The little galaxy on the right is NGC 4562.

Lastly, M13 was imaged.  I tried something I've never tried before with a deep sky object.  I used a 2x barlow, therefore doubling the focal length to 1400mm and also doubling the f-stop to f/10.  The stars still look good with the long focal length, and they still appear to be pinpoints.

The barlow just might be worthwhile when imaging small objects.