A bit of cloud dodging at the start of this session but in the end I managed to get my first supernova - Well pleased with the result (especially as it was -2°C outside!). Main picture is the “Leo Triplet” – three galaxies that really are close together.
(SW ED120APO with reducer/flattener, Canon 1000D (modded), SW LP filter, HEQ5 EQMOD, guiding with ST80/QHY5/PHD. 23 x 5min subs at ISO 800, 24 Flats, 72 bias, 36 Darks. Stacked in DSS and processed in PS CS5).
The main image is a slight crop and the other is a full scale of the galaxy M65 to show the supernova (discovered on 21 March by Japanese astronomers): M65 is top right, M66 bottom right and NGC3628 is on the left. They are about 35 million light years away in the constellation Leo. All three are spiral galaxies – we just see them from different perspectives. Click the main image to enlarge.