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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

M63 .. four years ago

This is an old unpublished photo of the Sunflower galaxy Messier 63 I made four years ago. I discovered it today on .. my harddisk, and I decided to upload it on this blog. This was the last photo I made with my Losmandy G11 mount at that time. It was a hard job, since I had to stay awake three nights, till my SBIG ST-7XME and the FS-102 (f/5.9) telescope encountered enough of the 37.000.000 years old photons arrived from these distant worlds.

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Wild Duck Cluster

This is the open cluster M11 in the constellation of Scutum. Messier 11 somehow looks like an globular cluster but it isn't. It consists of many middle aged stars.
This is the full field version 3° 25' x 2° 15'. Notice the dark nebulas around M11.