Friday, November 1, 2019

Friday Night, November 1, 2019
The Triangulum Galaxy, Moon & Equipment Friday, November 1, 2019 I was testing new equipment (Altair GPCAMv2 AR0130 MONO Guide Camera and the Altair MG60 mini guide scope) this night and used the Triangulum Galaxy as my target. Messier 33, is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Triangulum, that's located at a distance of approximately 2.81 million light-years. It's the third largest member of the Local Group, which also includes our Milky Way galaxy, and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). It contains about 40 billion stars as compared to the Andromeda galaxy with a trillion stars and our own Milky Way's 250 billion. The galaxy is high overhead in early November at midnight. This is a one hour and 4 minute exposure.

The moon was crescent and is waxing (growing larger) and will dominate the evening sky for those next two weeks.

Equipment Used:
Orion ED80T CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Altair Hypercam 294c Pro Tec One-Shot-Color camera
Altair GPCAMv2 AR0130 MONO Guide Camera
Altair MG60 mini guide scope
Filter: Altair QuadBand 2" OSC CMOS (narrowband bi-color)
Equatorial Mount: Celestron AVX
Polar Align: QHY Pole Master

Software Used:
Mount control: Celestron PWI
Guiding: PHD2
Capture: SharpCap Pro (64 bit V 3.2.6054)
Moon Stacking: AutoStakkert V2.6.8
Galaxy Stacking: DeepSkyStacker v4.22

Post Processing:
PixInsight v1.8.7
PhotoShop CC

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