If you have been around GGN for the past 8 months or so or have followed my various social media posts, you know that my main hobby these days is astrophotography. Well, due to some cold and generally crappy winter weather, I haven’t been able to out and shoot any galactic wonders lately. However, I did finally have a favorable night out last week and took advantage of it to try shooting the galaxy known as NGC 1637.
According to Wikipedia, NGC 1637 is an intermediate spiral galaxy approximately 30 million light-years away (no wonder it appears so small!) and can be found in the constellation Eridanus.
I’m always learning new things and upgrading my equipment so I suspect that if you have seen my images before, you will notice that I continue to improve quite a bit each time I go out, even when there is a lot of time in between evenings out thanks to the horrible weather conditions. If there is a good way to spend a lazy weekend, its watching instructional videos on YouTube about various facets of astrophotography!
Below is all of the more technical details that will likely only interest my fellow astrophotographers but I wouldn’t want to post the image without all the details so people can see what setup I used to achieve this picture of NGC 1637 and be able to make suggestions on how I can improve. So if you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know!
Exposure time: 3:03:20 @ ISO800
Canon T1i (modified full spectrum)
Celestron 9.25″ Schmidt-Cassegrain
Meade f/6.3 focal reducer
Orion StarShoot Autoguider
Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Photoshop CS2