Enchanted Skies


NGC 4725 Region (imaged near Fort Davis, Texas)

NGC4725 Map showing location and framing of NGC 4725


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

I picked up a used Stellarview 115 in April 2013. It saw first light at the 2013 Texas Star party. The image is of galaxy NGC 4725 along with a couple of NGC friends and at least one faint fuzzy (below and just left of 4725) that I believe to be PGC 86434. All are in Coma Berenices. NGC 4747 (to the lower right of the larger/brighter NGC 4725) shows some faint tidal streaming (look carefully) which is believed to be due to an interaction with NGC 4725. NGC 4712 (left of 4725) is a large spiral galaxy located around 200 M ly distant. 4725 and 4747 are closer at 40-50 M ly.

Weather was cool, transparency good to excellent, seeing good to fair, wind calm. This was also first light (so to speak) for my new laptop. The i7 processor and static hard drive made stacking/processing way fast.

The image is cropped and shown about 25% of original size.

Clicking the above image will bring up an image with a wider field of view.


Stellarvue 115 fluorite triplet

Canon T2i (type 1 modified)
Misc. Optics:
24 x 240 seconds @ iso 1600.
With ED80 (side-by-side on G11 mount)
Images converted to tifs using Photoshop CS5. Nebulosity used to stack the images. Additional processing (curves, sharpening) with PS CS5.

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