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#1 SBacon

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:18 PM

I shot this also on Saturday night.  I've never been able to see it very good in the past but that night was REALLY clear and I had a good focus.  Again, tracking was drifting a little so I made short shots (60 sec) with a high ISO setting (6400).  I shot the darks the next day to add to it.  I remembered reading something about the Fireworks Galaxy lately but I couldn't remember exactly what it was so I Googled it.  Sure enough, there was an article about Patrick Wiggins discovering a supernova in the galaxy.  You can read the article and see the pics of it at https://phys.org/new...rks-galaxy.html.

 

Here is my image of the Fireworks Galaxy and another one with the supernova labeled, if I got the right star.  You guys check and see if it is.  If it is, according to the article, its light should fade over the next few months.  I should be able to image it from my backyard until late November, at which time it will go behind a treeline and won't be viewable at a decent hour until June of next year. 

 

Man I love astronomy!! :D

 

Steve

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 02:03 PM

Steve,
Great photos the images are crisp and clear. I am really impressed.
Thank you for sharing, RickScofield

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:48 AM

After each shooting session I always save the raw data on an external hard drive so it doesn't clutter up my laptop.  Well, I knew that I had shot this galaxy before and didn't think much of the results.  After searching the drive I found the images that I took on 7/2/16.  It was a month before I got the Meade focal reducer and I had less experience at processing.  I managed to stack 5 frames shot at ISO 6400 and added some darks to them that I shot last week.  Then I took the 7/29/17 shot and restacked it and applied the 2x drizzle option to focus more on the galaxy area.  Here are the results.  You can plainly see the supernova is not visible in the 7/2/16 shot but is clearly visible in the 7/29/17 shot.  I am anxious to watch this thing dim over the next few months.

 

Steve

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  • 7-2-16 ISO 6400 12m 30s 5frms 19dks.jpg
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  • 7-29-17ISO 6400 35m 56s 37frms 61 dks 2x.jpg
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 12:52 PM

Nice shots Steve.



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 05:35 AM

Thanks for your comments guys.  I find it exciting to see something dynamic happening among the stars and galaxies!  Just imagine, we are actually seeing something that happened 22 million years ago that just reached our planet this year.  That's a long time for that light to travel.  Just like it takes sunlight 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach earth.  The vastness of the universe is awesome! 

 

Steve



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 05:25 PM

That is all cool stuff, Steve!  You may be able to image this thing as the supernova diminishes.  I don't know how long a supernova will remain bright, but you might be able to tell the difference over the next weeks/months.  You are definitely getting the hang of imaging! :)


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:46 AM

Updated Pics . . .

 

I have been watching this every month and it is definitely dimming. I only got one 2 minute shot last night before clouds rolled in but it does show the dimming.

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:41 PM

That is good work, Steve!

 

I may have to borrow  it if I get a request to talk to a group sometime, giving you proper credit of coarse. :)

 

Bill


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:29 AM

Bill,

 

Feel free to use it ever how you like.  I hope to update it a couple of times each month until it either goes out of my site til next year or it fades away totally, which ever comes first.

 

Steve


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 10:05 AM

Thanks, Steve! :)

 

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:00 PM

Here's an update on the supernova in the Fireworks Galaxy.  Shot this last Thursday night.  It continues to dim and looks like it has cooled by the orange tint.

 

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:38 PM

Definitely is dimming down.  This is going to be interesting to watch as it progresses.

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 03:28 PM

That is super-cool Steve. Thanks for sharing that, awesome stuff. 


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 07:37 AM

This will be my final update on this supernova.  It won't be high enough for me to image until July 2018 when it will rise above a treeline behind my house. Unless of course I go to another spot where I might get a shot in June.  It is dimming but is still visible as you can see from the shot.  I have reposted the complete line of shots as well as a beginning and ending shot trio.

 

Steve

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 01:19 PM

That really shows up the difference from before, during the peak, and as it dims.  That is really good stuff, Steve!!

 

Great work, and thanks for sharing it!  I know it took a lot of time.:)

 

Bill


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 06:27 AM

Thanks Bill.  I've enjoyed every minute of it!

 

Steve



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:41 AM

Great sequence.


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