08/03/2013 Location: Courtright Reservoir
Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph Reflector Telescope
Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
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
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.