After finishing observing the supernova in M101 I decided to point my scope at M13 for a quick image before packing up for the night. I’m always amazed by the incredible density of resolvable stars in this cluster.
Supernova in M101!
SN 2023ixf was detected on the 19th, and I was able to image it on the 20th. It easily outshines all of the local stars in the image. I took a total of an hour of exposure to render the galaxy cleanly. It’s a tough target with low contrast over the light pollution. Below is […]
I’ve decided to start out each observing session with an image of Venus. It should be interesting to compare them over time as the apparent size and phase changes.
Venus, Mars, and a galactic jet
Seeing was pretty rough again, but I aimed at the planets that were out, Virgo A (with visible jet from the core!) and a few other random targets. I wasn’t sure what to look for so just started pointing at low-4000s NGC objects. Mars is just a red dot in this seeing and distance.
A few Messier objects
Had the big scope out but seeing was awful.
Venus and some DSOs
Decided just to use the little scope this time around. I attempted to resolve the minor planet Haumea put didn’t get it. I need to try hunting for dwarf planets and asteroids with the C8 on a night with good seeing.
A few more images with my C8
I imaged a few more targets the other night, in addition to the double quasar in my previous post. This is my best shot of the whirlpool galaxy yet.
This is my first attempt at imaging a gravitationally lensed object. The two faint stars in the center of the image are a double image of Quasar QSO 0957+561, lensed by an intermediate galaxy that does not appear in the image. I believe this is my most distant target yet, at 8.7 billion light years.
Observations with the C8
We had another incredibly clear night with good seeing, so I got the big scope out and did a mix of new targets and closer looks at targets I’ve observed with the little scope.
Waning Gibbous Venus
Venus is now high enough in the sky that I can get a decent look at it in the evening. I can’t resolve cloud details, but it’s fun to see the phase. The C8/178MC imaging combination gives a pixel scale of .262 arcsec, so Venus is approximately 19 arcseconds in diameter in this image.