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|| 03-20-2009 M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy has to be one of my
favorite galaxies to observe with my 20 inch Obsession telescope. Visually, this
is a stunning object in dark skies. You can clearly make out the spiral arms
visually along with dust lanes. I've been wanting to photograph this wonderful
galaxy but due to it's position in the sky, I've been unsuccessful until now.
With clear dark skies and calm wind at the fort this spring, I was able to get
the picture I wanted.
03-19-2009 My 2009 spring trip to Fort McKavett was a time of new
equipment and great viewing despite the weatherman's forcast.
Even though wind was a limiting factor, as always, I was able to
grab a very interesting galaxy. NGC 3628 is a dim galaxy
visually and photographically. This was the first object I capture with my newly self-modified Canon XS DSLR.
10-23-08 Another Great Trip to Fort McKavett. By far, this was my
best "imaging" trip to the fort to date. I was able to image 4
objects, the Sculptor Galaxy being my first target. NGC 253, also
known as the Sculptor Galaxy is a bright galaxy that can be observed
with just about any scope. Through larger scopes, detail is well
evident with dust lanes and mottled detail abound.
04-04-08 My spring trip to Fort McKavett was one of the best times I've
had! Not only did I have great friends to visit with, but
night was the best imaging sessions I've ever had. This trip I was
making an attempt to image galaxies. M-104, otherwise known
the Sombrero Galaxy, is one of my favorite objects to view through my
20" Obsession. I've attempted to image this galaxy at my
Santa Fe Texas but the light polution severly limited my ability to
obtain a suitable image for posting. Combining dark skies and
calm winds at the fort, this was a special night to remember.
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