Spindle Galaxy (M102)

RA 15h 6.484m

Dec + 55° 45.779’

Observations on Faulkes North 3/6/08 10:30 UT (cloudy)

Filter

Exposure (s)

Result

H Alpha

30

image

H Beta

60

image

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M102 was between the dumbbell nebula that I wanted to photograph and the position of the telescope as left by the previous users, so I decided to photograph it on the way, particularly as I had a class full of students at the time and wanted them to see a galaxy photographed “live”.

I decided on the narrow band filter because of the cloudy conditions, but the two hydrogen filters did not reveal anything different to one another and the resulting image is not great