a peaceful appearance, the Whale Galaxy contains an area of
exploding supernovae that spew gas to its outer edges. The galaxy is
120,000 lightyears across and is 25 million lightyears from
Earth. The "spout" of the whale is companion galaxy NGC4627. Straight
above the spout at the very top is 2MASX J12420645+3245390,
a dim galaxy not
listed in any common catalog. North is at the top.
AstroTech AT8RC 8" F8 Ritchey-Chretien with CCDT67 Focal Reducer,
Celestron CI-700 Mount
Orion StarShoot Pro V2 one-shot color
QHY5L-IIM through Orion Deluxe OAG, PHD guiding software
(24) 10 min
Nebulosity, PhotoShop CS2
04-02-16, Tierra del Sol, CA. Collimation issues for some reason,
rescued by PhotoShop.