Spring Time is for Galaxies

by Rex Parker

With the passing of the equinox it’s time to start searching for the great sweep of galaxies in Leo and Virgo.  This is absolutely the best time of year for observing galaxies both visually and astrophotographically.  In the last week of March, I set up my Takahashi FS128 at f/6 to get a fairly wide field of view (~1 degree).  Tracking was accomplished using a Losmandy G11 mount off my deck in Titusville, and an SBIG ST-10XME was used to capture the images below.

Leo Triplet (or Leo Trio) - M65, M66 and NGC3528 (north is to upper left, 120 min. exposure) Credit: Rex Parker

Leo Triplet (or Leo Trio) - M65, M66 and NGC3528 (north is to upper left, 120 min. exposure) Credit: Rex Parker

A section of Markarian’s Chain of galaxies in Virgo. A dozen or more galaxies are visible in this image. The large round one near the center is M86. (north is up, 75 min exposure) Credit: Rex Parker

The parade of galaxies is seldom more fun than on these spring evenings in Jersey.  Head on out to the AAAP observatory in Washington Crossing Park to see more.

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