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Kvasaari Mrk205 + NGC4319 - 10.10.2018 at 00.00 - 10.10.2018 at 05.00 Rovaniemi Observation number 78433

Visibility IV / V

Lauri Turunen, Corona Borealis, Rovaniemi

My dream has been to get an object photographed from space that is known to be over a billion light-years away, and on the advice of an astrocollar, I finally found one - the Markarian 205 quasar right next to the NGC 4319 galaxy. Almost all night there were handsome pulsating northern lights through which I got an exposed subject for 4 hours. One can only marvel at the brightness of the subject, which corresponds to the brightness of the stars of our own Milky Way in the foreground of the image! The image also shows the companion of that quasar in dim light.

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  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • Kvasaari Mrk205 + NGC4319
    • Näyttävä
  • Constellation
    • Draco
  • Darkness
    • Average
  • Seeing
    • Good
  • Galaxies
    • Galaxy cluster info

      In a galaxy cluster there are tens or hundreds of galaxies. Typically a moderate big instrument is needed to see galaxy clusters.


      The galaxy cluster Hickson 44 in Leo in composed of four galaxies. Image Timo Inkinen.

Technical information

Celestron C9.25 (235 / 2350mm) + ScopeStuff focuser. Canon 70D astromod + Astronomical CLS filter + Peltier cooler. iOptron CEM60 + Lacerta MGEN II autoguider + TS-Optics 60 / 240mm guidescope. Exposure: 49x300s, ISO3200. Image processing: PixInsight + Lightroom.

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