Know your spot in our Galaxy. We are but just one Galaxy out of Millions or even Billion Galaxies. We are just space dust in our Universe.
Take a look at this great picture of M42 nebula by Richard S. Wright Jr. with his Officina Stellare Veloce RH200 and Canon EOS 5D MKII Baader modified camera. Thanks to very fast f/3 optics, he’s able to capture very fain details only with 1 hour exposition time!
Here’s a planetary collage I put together of my personal bests in the last 6 months. I started learning AP in November 2013 when I found myself holding my phone up to the eyepiece far more than I was observing.
Sun: SW120ED, NexImage 5
Mercury: C8, NexImage 5
Venus: C8, NexImage 5
Mars: C8, ASI120MM, Astronomik LRGB
Jupiter: C8, ASI120MM, Astronomik LRGB
Saturn: C8, ASI120MM, Astronomik LRGB
Uranus: C8, NexImage 5
By Mitch Robbins
Comet PanStarrs (C/2012 K1) and Whirlpool galaxy (M51) taken with ITelescope Net wide-field T14 in Mayhill, New Mexico on the night of May 2, 2014. Exposure was a single 300-second luminance.
Not as good as the color shots others have taken, but I wanted to get some sort of image before the comet moves too far away from the galaxy.
Quico Hernandez CabreraC2012 X1 LINEAR 2014-05-03 FSQ 106 N f/5 STL11000 CM exp. 3 x 5 m. resol. 3.45 “/pix. http://altamiraobs.org.es/
- Quico Hernandez Cabrera Cometa 2012 K1 PANSTARRS y M51 FSQ 106 N f/5 STL11000CM bin 1x1 resol, 3.5 “/pix. exp. 1x5m.http://altamiraobs.org.es/
This is a shot of the central region of the Virgo galaxy cluster. All of the individual stars in this image belong to our own Milky Way galaxy but all of the larger, more ‘fuzzy’, objects are entire galaxies far beyond made up of their own collections of billions of stars. (The larger/closer galaxies in the image are around 54 million light years away.)
There are approximately 244 galaxies in this image (around 10 hours of total exposure). Many of the smaller galaxies are ‘background’ galaxies and not associated with the Virgo cluster. Most of the galaxies in this image are also of a type known as ‘elliptical’. Unlike spiral galaxies, they usually lack structure and can be anything from perfectly spherical to somewhat flattened.