Now the combination
of the 10D and SV80s shows once again the sharpness and detail
that seems now more routine since I've put the Stellarvue instrument
into service at the observatory in Payson. Contained in this
2x3 degree field is a collection of galaxies of many types.
The central object in
the image, M101 is a sizeable 29 arcminutes in size and has an
integrated magnitude of 8.3. It is classed as an SAB spiral,
with only 1 degree of inclination to our line of sight. In the
larger images, you will note the very strange looking galaxy
to its lower left. Thats NGC5474, and is a multi galaxy system
classed Sc and 11.8th magnitude.
My favorite is to the
upper right (again look at the larger images) and you will find
a spectacular edge on spiral, NGC5422. It is 13th magnitude and
4 arcminutes in size. I know its fairly large, but if you have
a chance, please look at the tiny stars and dozens of galaxies
in the large shot!