• NGC 2403 – A Galaxy in Camelopardalis

    The galaxy NGC 2403 (Caldwell 7), doesn’t have a special name. It isn’t flashy like M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy or M63 – The Sunflower Galaxy, but it is fairly close to our Milky Way Galaxy. It lies 8 million light years away. Many of the redder areas of the galaxy are active star forming […]

  • Tips on Improving Contrast and Clarity for Astrophotography Images

    Astrophotography gets frustrating when you have hours and hours of data and you reach the end of your imaging processing workflow to find the result is lackluster. For example, the following picture of M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy is a really good image of this often photographed galaxy. It is based on 40 hours of […]

  • M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy

    M51 (NGC 5194) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici (Hunting Dogs). In the image, one can see M51 interacting with the dwarf galaxy NGC 5195. The galaxy is fairly close (31 million light years away), which helps make the galaxy appear larger and brighter. Because of this, M51 is a very popular […]