March 10, 2010

My First Galaxies (Kinda)

I finally managed to find some galaxies last night. This has been something that has eluded me due to my location, inexperience, and frankly inadequate equipment. (You in the back! Stop snickering!)

Last night, with my Canon 1000D I caught the barest glimpses of M83 and NGC 5128, aka the Hamburger galaxy, aka Centaurus A. The pictures are below, all taken at ISO1600 and 30s exposure time.

This however doesn’t really count - I didn’t see it with my own eyes. This is not conceptually different to seeing (much better) pictures taken by Hubble and other telescopes.

Time to start saving up for a bigger telescope.

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