ARP94 – A Pair of Interacting Galaxies in Leo
A quick one this…
I couldn’t make it to the last SEKAS meeting prior to them going on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but I heard that the month’s imaging challenge was ARP94, a pair of interacting galaxies in Leo. As this is likely to be the last challenge for a little while, I pointed the scope Leo-wards on 22nd March and grabbed it. I was using totally the wrong scope (ED70), as my primary target was slightly bigger, but I just wanted to see what I could get.
This is about three hours of luminance data, believe it or not, in 5-min subs – captured with the Atik314L on the Ikharos ED70 f/6 on the HEQ5. Processed in MaximDL, Photoshop 2020 and Lightroom. Quite heavily cropped as with that scope, it got lost in the middle of the frame if I didn’t!
Caught the whispy shell bits, which is the stellar material being thrown off into space by the force of the interaction.