Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33, or NGC 598)
  • Details
    Date Taken: 08/03/2013
    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.