Popular Astronomy

November 2015

During November, two section members submitted their observations. 

Mark Beveridge, from Aberdeen, used an Orion Optics OMC 140mm f14 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope and a Starlight Xpress SXVR-H814 mono camera and RGB filters to capture all of the images below. (*there is one exception where a one-shot colour camera was used).  Due to technical problems, the telescope was unguided.

The four images below, in clockwise order, are M76, the "little dumbbell" planetary nebula in the constellation of Perseus, M82 "the cigar" starburst galaxy in Ursa Major, NGC6643 galaxy in Draco (in black and white) and the NGC 6643 galaxy again in colour ( *but taken with a H9C one-shot colour camera).  This magnitude 12.1 galaxy is about 80 million light years from the Earth and its diameter has been estimated at about 86,000 light years.



Mark's next four images, again clockwise from the left, are NGC7331, a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Pegasus, M27, the "dumbbell" planetary nebula in Vulpecula, NGC2300, an 11th magnitude lenticular galaxy in Cepheus (N.B. spiral galaxy NGC2276 is also in this image, to the right) and NGC6543, the "cat's eye" planetary nebula in Draco.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        




Mark's images continue with, clockwise from the left, NGC6946, the "fireworks" galaxy in the constellation of Cepheus, spiral galaxy IC356 in Camelopardalis, IC5070 the "pelican" emission nebula in Cygnus and globular cluster M92 in Hercules.                                                                                                                                                                                            


Mark's final three images are, from the left, M110, companion galaxy to M31 in the constellation of Andromeda, NGC6643 galaxy in Draco, and the group of galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet, in Pegasus.  Discovered by French astronomer Edouard Stephan in1877, four of the five galaxies are in a physical association which is thought will ultimately see them merging together.  The fifth member, NGC7320 (the one upper right with respect to the others) is a foreground galaxy much closer to the Earth.                                                              


Alan Clitherow of Fife, director of the SPA Planetary Section, sent in the following images of the Veil Nebula (supernova remnant) in the constellation of Cygnus (a colour image and a black and white version).  These are wide angle images, showing the Veil East and West; the part of the nebulosity known as Pickering's triangle is to the upper right.


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