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Galaxies are islands in the universe,  galaxies like our very own. It's hard to imagine that the light from the image you are viewing, through the eyepiece or the naked eye is in fact hundreds or  even millions of years old, all of that time it has been travelling through space waiting, just waiting for the chance to be gazed upon by the amateur astronomer that's buried deep within all of us.

 

On this page are my efforts, even though I have only been practicing this new found hobby for a short while it's amazing what those first few steps can bring.

*Click on the image to see a much larger image.

 

M65, M66 and NGC 3593 (Upper left)

This is a single exposure of 5 minutes at 1600ISO. Canon 350D Afocal with a Saxon ED80 piggybacked on a 10"LX200GPS and autoguided with the Meade DSI. An Orion DSF was also used.  Image taken 1st April 2008.

Post processing - Brightness/contrast and noise removal.

 

NGC 253 The Silver Coin Galaxy - Mag 7.1

This is a single exposure of 10 minutes at 800ISO. Canon 350D Afocal with a Saxon ED80 piggybacked on a 10"LX200GPS and autoguided with the Meade DSI. An Orion DSF was also used. 

 

 

M31, M32 and M110 an exposure of 4 minutes at 1600ISO. Canon 350D Afocal with a Saxon ED80 piggybacked on a 10"LX200GPS and autoguided with the Meade DSI. I also used the Orion DSF. 

M31 doesn't get very high from my part of the world and I'm looking through light polluted skies so I think this shot is a bonus.