M 77 and NGC 1055

M   77 and NGC 1055

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I never use the GOTO features of my mount and prefer instead to manually navigate to intended celestial destinations. I find it is a more personal and intimate method of relating to the sky. Last night I star-hopped from easy to find Triangulum high in the sky, south to bright Hamal in Aries, and on to delta Ceti located close to a small party of galaxies enjoying the vastness of space together. Here is a 7.5 hour snapshot of that tete-a-tete between galaxies M77 and NGC 1055.

Coordinates       :

Cetus 02h 43’ +00deg 01’

Date Imaged       :

December 19, 2006 – January 7, 2007

Lens       :

Astrophysics 5? Starfire at f5.3

Camera       :

Atik 16HR, Astronomik filters

Exposure       :

LRGB = 225:45:50:90 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines