Updated: 5.7.05

One of the largest and brightest galaxy in the either hemisphere, M83 is a beautiful face-on spiral shining at mag 8. It covers an area of 12.9' x 11.5' and is in the constellation of Hydra. It is rather low in the sky for northern viewers, but still makes a wonderful target due to its attributes. This shot was taken at Chiefland during the May new moon cycle.

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10" Homemade Newtonian on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

54x3 mins

f/4 with MPCC

Acquired in Astroart and processed in Maxim as an RGB image (no darks and no flats)

guided with an STV on a piggybacked Sky90 refractor