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Colorado Observatory

In Astrophotography by Matt Shetzer

In November of 2020 I started to build my own backyard observatory. I found a dome that was imported from Australia and purchased it. It took 8 movers to take off the top so I could disassemble it. I then proceeded to dismantle the observatory and go through it with a fine tooth comb, fixing and adjusting all the parts. In June of 2021 I designed the concrete pad, and had it poured so I could run all my cables …

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Bodes and Cigar Galaxies – M81 M82

In Astrophotography by Matt Shetzer

Bode’s Galaxy (M81) and the Cigar Galaxy (M82) are a pair of galaxies located in the constellation, Ursa Major. Bode’s is a spiral galaxy while the Cigar Galaxy is an irregular galaxy , both approximately 11.8 milion light-years away from earth. Bode’s Galaxy has a diameter of 90,000 light-years, which is half the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy, and both galaxies are rich in hydrogen-alpha gases. These two galaxies have a gravitational lock on each other which affects …

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Leo Trio – M65 M66 NGC 3628

In Astrophotography by Matt Shetzer

The Leo Trio, includes 3 spiral galaxies, M65, M66, and NGC 3627 and gets its iconic name from being located in the Leo constellation. Each of these galaxies are in a gravitational tug of war and titled at a different angles, making each of their appearances different. Located 30 million lightyears from Earth, we are observing these three galaxies as they were in the past. They might not even be there now.   Object Leo Trio Link https://www.shetzers.com/leo-trio-m65-m66-ngc-3628/ Wiki Link …

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Andromeda Galaxy – M31

In Astrophotography by Matt Shetzer

The Andromeda Galaxy, or M31, is a large barred spiral galaxy located about 2.5 million light-years away from Earth. and the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. Andromeda contains over 1 trillion stars and has a radius as wide as 11,000 light years. The Andromeda Galaxy is six times larger than the moon. Cataloged as Messier 31 or NGC 224, this deep sky object is observable for much of the year in the northern hemisphere, lying in the constellation …