NGC895 - II

Spiral Galaxy in Cetus

Uploaded 12/11/2001

No less than 15 Geosynchronous Satellites screamed through the field during the 60 minutes total integration represented in the image above. This came as quite a surprise, since normally one out of every dozen or less images have faint satellite trails. Little did I know when I planned an evening shooting this gem in Cetus, that its declination was -5 degrees. For me, at latitude 34 degrees north, that puts the two degree wide band of geosynchronous satellites that are 28,000 miles out - hundreds of them, right over my target.

Here is the final color image after much processing to remove the satellite trails:

(Click on image for full size)

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
Platform:  Astrophysics 1200 QMD
CCD Camera:  SBIG ST7E w/Enhanced Cooling
Exposure:  L = 60
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing FMHW = 2.2 arcsec, Transparency 6/10
Outside Temperature:  0 C
CCD Temperature:  -35 C
Processing:  Maxim DL, Photoshop, AIP4WIN, PW Pro.




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