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A collection of galaxy images
M31 - Andromeda Galaxy
M31 - Andromeda Galaxy
The Andromeda Galaxy is a close galactic neighbor. M31 is large and bright and can be spotted with the naked eye from even a moderately dark location.

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2015-Oct-17

LRGB+Ha mix of times, total 7hr 15min
SGP, MaximDL, Corel
NEQ6, NP101is, 0.8X Reducer, STF-8300M, LE80OTA, LSX2

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M33 - Triangulum Galaxy
M33 - Triangulum Galaxy
The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy that is also sometimes known as the Pinwheel or Triangulum Pinwheel.

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2017-Aug-29

RGB 15x4m, 3hr total
SGP, MaximDL, Corel
Imaging: CFF132, STF-8300M, GM1000
Guider:A80Mf, GSO2X Barlow, LodeStar X2, 610nm Flt

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy
M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy
The Whirlpool Galaxy is a large spiral galaxy found in the constellation Canes Venatici.

Shown here with its smaller companion, NGC5195, one can observe the interaction of two galaxies.

Near Lindbrook, Alberta Canada
2015-Apr-18

OSC 30x5min, total 2hr 30min
AFX, MaximDL, CPT
E11, 0.7xFR, EQ8, A80Mf, LSX2

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M63 - Sunflower Galaxy
M63 - Sunflower Galaxy
The Sunflower Galaxy is a fairly bright spiral galaxy located in the Canes Venatici constellation

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2015-May-10

LRGB 10x4min each, total 2hr 20min
SGP, MaximDL, CPT
E11, 0.7xFR, 8300M, EQ8, A80Mf, LSX2

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M64 - Black Eye Galaxy
M64 - Black Eye Galaxy
M64 is known as the Black Eye Galaxy or the Evil Eye Galaxy. I prefer the latter. The galaxy is located in the constellation Coma Berenices. The striking black patch is a band of obscuring dust.

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2015-May-13

LRGB 20x4m each, total 5hr 20min
SGP, MaximDL, CPT
E11, 0.7xFR, 8300M, EQ8, A80Mf, LSX2

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M74 - Galaxy in Pisces
M74 - Galaxy in Pisces
M74 is a spiral galaxy found in the constellation Pisces.

Blackfoot Staging Area, Alberta, Canada
2012-Sep-23

ISO800, 11x4m, total 44m
BYEOS,DSS,CPT
NP101is, NEQ6, 60Da

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M81 - Bodes Galaxy
M81 - Bodes Galaxy
Bodes Galaxy is a large, bright galaxy found in the Ursa Major constellation.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2015-Apr-12

17x5m + 11x4m, total 129m
AFT, MaximDL, CPT
E11, 0.7xFR, EQ8, A80Mf, LSX2

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M82 - Irregular Galaxy
M82 - Irregular Galaxy
M82 is an irregular shaped galaxy found in the Ursa Major constellation. It is a bright galaxy and when viewed from Earth it is quite close to its more famous neighbor Bodes Galaxy (M81). This galaxy is also referred to as the Cigar Galaxy due to its shape.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2015-Apr-11

OSC 38x200s, total 126min, 40s
AFX, MaximDL, CPT
E11, EQ8, NS8300, A80Mf, LSX2

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M81 and M82
M81 and M82
M81 and M82 are two fairly bright galaxies in the Ursa Major constellation.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2016-Mar-18

LRGB 5x4min, total 80min
SGP, MaximDL, Corel
EQ8, MN190, STF-8300M, A80Mf, TV 2x Barlow, LSX2

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M100 - Spiral Galaxy
M100 - Spiral Galaxy
M100 is an excellent example of a Grand Design Spiral Galaxy. It is located in the constellation Coma Berenices and is one of the brightest in the Virgo galaxy cluster.

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2015-May-09

LRGB 15x4min each, total 4 hours
SGP, MaximDL, CPT
E11, 0.7xFR, 8300M, EQ8, A80Mf, LSX2

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M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy
M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy
The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major.

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2015-Apr-20

OSC 4x5min + 17x6min, total 2hr, 2min
AFX, MaximDL, CPT
E11, 0.7xFR, EQ8, A80Mf, LSX2

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M106 - Galaxy in Canes Venatici
M106 - Galaxy in Canes Venatici
M106 is a spiral galaxy located in the Canes Venatici constellation.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2017-Apr-04

Exposures: RGB 38x4m, total 7hr 36m
Processing: SGP, MaximDL, Corel
Imaging: MN190, STF-8300M, EQ8
Guiding: VMC110L, TV2xBarlow, LodestarX2

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NGC 891 - Galaxy in Andromeda
NGC 891 - Galaxy in Andromeda
NGC 891 is an edge-on spiral galaxy found in the Andromeda constellation

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2016-Oct-21

RGB 50x4m, total 10hr
SGP, MaximDL, CPS
Edge11, 0.7X Reducer, STF-8300M
A80Mf, LSX2, EQ8

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NGC 5906 - Splinter Galaxy
NGC 5906 - Splinter Galaxy
The Splinter Galaxiy is located in the constellation Draco.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2016-Apr-17

L 30x2m + RGB 30x4m, total 7 hr
SGP, MaximDL, Corel
Imaging: MN190, STF8300M, EQ8
Guiding: GSO 6.6N + 2X Barlow
Guiding (2nd night): Vixen A80Mf + 2X Barlow

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NGC 6946 - Fireworks Galaxy
NGC 6946 - Fireworks Galaxy
The Fireworks Galaxy is a spiral galaxy located in the constellations Cephus and Cygnus.

This is the first galaxy image I took with my 11 inch EdgeHD SCT.

Blackfoot Staging Area, Alberta, Canada
2013-Sep-02

ISO800 21x4m, total 1hr 24m
BYEOS, DSS, CPT
E11, NEQ6, 60Da

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NGC 6946 - Fireworks Galaxy
NGC 6946 - Fireworks Galaxy
NGC 6946 is a galaxy in Cepheus and is also known as the Fireworks Galaxy. Its called the Fireworks Galaxy because it has a record number of observed supernova in it.

And this image is no exception. The supernova SN2017eaw appears in this photograph.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2017-May-27

Exposure: RGB 8x4min, total 96min
Procesing: SGP, MaximDL, Corel
Image: STF-8300M, NP101is, 0.8xRC
Moiunts:EQ8 and GM1000
Guiding: A80Mf, GSO 2X Barlow, LSX2, 650nm Filter

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Deer Lick Group and Stephen
Deer Lick Group and Stephen's Quintet
This image shows the Deer Lick Group as well as Stephen's Quintet. The Deer Lick Group includes NGC 7331, the largest and brightest looking galaxy in this image. The rest of the group is mostly located above and to the right of NGC 7331.

The galaxies in Stephen's Quintet barely showed up in this image. They are the small cluster of galaxies in the lower left side.

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2017-Aug-29

RGB 22x4m, 4hr 24m total
SGP, MaximDL, Corel
Imaging: CFF132, STF-8300M, GM1000
Guider:A80Mf, GSO2X Barlow, LodeStar X2, 610nm Flt

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NGC 7331 - Deer Lick Galaxy
NGC 7331 - Deer Lick Galaxy
NGC7331 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus

Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2014-Sep-21

OSC 14 x 5min, total 1hr 10min
AFX, DSS, CPT
E11, EQ8, NS8300, SSAG, LE80

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These are images of galaxies outside the Milky Way. Galaxies are essentially huge clusters of stars that usually rotate around a black hole. You can think of galaxies as giant star cities scattered throughout the universe. The galaxies shown here are generally the ones brightest and closest to us.

If you zoom in and look carefully at the images here and elsewhere on this site you can often spot some of the smaller and fainter galaxies picked up by the camera. Usually they are just a faint smudge of light that does not look quite like the stars next to it. I have looked up some of these and found that a galaxy as faint as 15th magnitude can sometimes light up a few pixels even with a small scope.

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