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Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33, or NGC 598)
Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33, or NGC 598) at US Store
Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33, or NGC 598) at US Store
I discovered astronomy as a hobby in October 2011. After attending a star party and realizing I had found a new love (obsession, according to my wife), I got my CGEM in March 2012 and my 8" Astrograph in May 2012. Since then, the sky has literally been the limit. I really love the relatively wide angle that the Astrograph (at a focal length of 800mm) provides.
Date Taken: 08/03/2013
Photographer: Scott Davis
Location: Courtright Reservoir
Telescope: Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph Reflector Telescope
Other Mount: Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Other Camera: Canon EOS 60D (Standard)
Processing: DeepSkyStacker, Adobe Photoshop CS6
Exposure: 36 x 180 seconds lights, 10 darks, 40 each of flats, dark flats, and bias frames
Other Equipment Used: Orion Awesome Autoguider Package
Notes: Courtright Reservoir is a gorgeous dark sky location in the Sierra National Forest at an elevation of approximately 8,200 feet. Because of its location and elevation, it is usually accessible from late May until the first snow, but usually it is only practical to visit there from June to August due to low temperatures. Orion's Astrograph, at 800mm, is perfect for the beautiful Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33, or NGC 598), capturing this gorgeous spiral in all its beauty. As an interesting fact, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", a visitor known as "The Traveler" hurls the Enterprise to the far side of this galaxy during the course of the episodes.

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