Messier 33 (M33, NGC 598, Triangulum Galaxy) is a magnitude 5.7 spiral galaxy in the
constellation Triangulum. It is about 3 million light years from Earth and is the largest
member of the Local group of galaxies which includes our own Milky Way. A good
observer under pristine dark skies can see it visually but it is quite diffuse and can be
difficult to see much detail through telescopes in more light polluted areas.
Date: Dec 2009
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Takahashi FSQ 106ED at f/5
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera/Filters: Apogee Alta U8300 FLI CFW-2-7 FLI Filters
Guiding: Orion Starshoot Autoguider in Orion ST-80
Exposure: Luminance: 22x5 minutes, R:10x5 min G:11x5 min B:11x5 min HA:12x6 min
unbinned for a total of 5.7 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing using Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA