Monday, September 14, 2009

NGC 6946

Clear nights here in Renton this weekend. So I went after a galaxy that was nearly straight up in the sky. Good since it's got less atmosphere to look through, a little less on the light pollution around the horizon, and it also seems that the scope seems to autoguide fairly well on stuff that is directly overhead.
This galaxy is magnitude 8.9, and is about 10,000 light years way. So, this is what the thing looked like 10,000 years ago!
This shot is made up of 10, 5-minute exposures at ISO 800 with that Canon 350D. Imaged at f/6.3 with the 12" Meade LX200.
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