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Some special objects by request.


Messier 87 and its Jet. Virgo.

Brightness of galaxy is 8.6 magnitude, distance about 60 million light years (RV = 1264 k/s).

Imaged on 20060919 with 31 cm f/4.5 Newtonian Reflector and GSTAR-EX video camera
300 video frames with no filter.

Imaged on 20090221 with 31 cm @ f/9 Newtonian Reflector and GSTAR-EX video camera
200 video frames with no filter.

* In 2019 the M87 central massive black hole and its surrounds were imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope.


3C 273 the brightest Quasar. Virgo.

Brightness of QSO is 12.8 magnitude, distance about 2 billion light years (RV = 47469 k/s) (z = 0.158).

Imaged on 20090321 with 31 cm f/4.5 Newtonian Reflector and GSTAR-EX video camera
500 video frames with no filter.

A cropped and enlarged (200%) section of main image.
Contrast stretched to show the faint jet coming from the core of 3C 273.
Video artifacts cleaned from around bright stars.


ESO 350-040 the "Cartwheel" galaxy. Sculptor.

Brightness is 18 magnitude (Blue), distance about 420 million light years (RV = 8850 k/s).

Imaged on 20061109 with 31 cm f/4.5 Newtonian Reflector and GSTAR-EX video camera
800 video frames with no filter.


NGC 128, X marks the spot. Pisces.

Brightness of galaxy is 12.6 magnitude, distance about 200 million light years (RV = 4221 k/s).

Imaged on 20071005 with 31 cm f/4.5 Newtonian Reflector and GSTAR-EX video camera
400 video frames with no filter.




NGC 520, Highly distorted Galaxy. Pisces.

Brightness is 11.4 magnitude, distance about 100 million light years (RV = 2162 k/s).

Imaged on 20071009 with 31 cm f/4.5 Newtonian Reflector and GSTAR-EX video camera
400 video frames with no filter.