April 9, 2017

NGC 6229 (March 30, 2017)


This globular cluster in the constellation Hercules shines from outside our galaxy, though it is still gravitationally bound to the Milky Way.  NGC 6229 is almost 100,000 light years away!  That is about twice as far as NGC 5466.  This image is 9x480" with the SXVF-H9 through CFF 290 Classical Cassegrain at f/7.93.

M101 (March 30, 2017)


The great northern grand spiral galaxy, M101, glows just north of the Big Dipper's handle in Ursa Major.  This is 11x720" with the SXVF-H9 through CFF 290 Classical Cassegrain at f/7.93.  M101 is just about 21 million light years away.