NGC 2903 is a gorgeous 10th magnitude barred spiral galaxy in Leo that is somehow missing from the Messier Catalog. It's slightly smaller than the Milky Way, presenting almost face on from a distance of 20 million light-years. Weather and traveling have kept me away from image acquisition for a few months. Bright Austin city skies are not good for capturing galaxies, but I was tempted out Saturday night. I tried a new setup in the back yard where I don't have a clear view of polaris. The ASIAIR All Sky Polar alignment worked like a charm and I'll definitly be using this spot again. I'm now putting tripod trolly that Ross Abel gave me to good use, it takes a lot of load off my back.
Redcat 250/51mm, ZWO ASI533 MC, Baader Skyglow filter. 37 3 minute exposures drizzle stacked. Processed in PixInsight with the RC Astro *XTerminator tools with final exposure adjustments in Photoshop.
Content created: 2023-04-17
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