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Colliding galaxies near the big dipper
Colliding galaxies near the big dipper

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Bedford, NH
Date: Apr 30, 2008
Aperture: 10
ISO: 800
Shutter: b
Galleries: Nature, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2008

This is a composite photograph of m51, the whirlpool galaxy and it's violent nextdoor neighbor, NGC5195. The older galaxy, NGC5195, is tearing apart it's neighbor, m51 due to intense tidal forces. On a good clear night, this pair is easily visible in even small telescopes just to the south of the second star in the handle of the big dipper. This photo is a composite of 3 10 minute exposures taken from my backyard in Bedford, NH. Lens was a 10" newtonian telescope. ISO800, canon 350xt, noise reduction on.

Place: 194 out of 468
Avg (all users): 5.7698
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.8119
Avg (non-participants): 5.6579
Views since voting: 2303
Views during voting: 262
Votes: 139
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2008 06:58:21 PM
Get outta here! You took this fabulous image? I'm impressed. Can I take shots like this using my Orion telescope with a camera mounting?
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05/07/2008 02:04:15 PM
Wow! Probably one of the more signifigant photos I've ever seen. 10
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05/05/2008 10:19:12 PM
M51! Cool. Looks like you have a little bit of drift and some noise. Is this a single exposure or stacked?
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05/04/2008 05:06:09 PM
I like how you had the galaxies pose. Also you did a great job lighting this.
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05/04/2008 03:05:21 PM
fabulous adn amazing at the same time
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05/03/2008 10:03:03 PM
cool, how did you do this? telescope im guessing...
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05/02/2008 12:20:39 PM
interesting capture.
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05/02/2008 08:59:51 AM
here is the dilemma. While this is a photograph that I could by no means take, it does lack the punch of others in this challenge. I respect the technical photographic ability it took to take this picture. I guess I could just see more! either closer up to the galaxy or crisper stars. Nice job anyhoo.
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05/01/2008 09:25:24 PM
Beautiful capture; really amazing composition and very artistically done (I bet the equipment you used for this shot was $$ (well... beautiful and well done!) :) :-D I hope this scores well (10) :)
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05/01/2008 03:18:42 PM
an unusual image but very interesting. I haven't many parameters for voting on an astronomical photo but I think that 10 is a good vote. thanks for the exif data where I see that the F/stop=0, why? this is the result where you shot without the lens.
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05/01/2008 12:12:12 PM
Exciting detail. Makes one yearn to look even closer. ;-)
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05/01/2008 04:27:05 AM
Good detailed shot of m51. Probably won`t score to high as we are spoilt by hubble images.
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