The Virgo cluster recorded from Böblingen / Germany

Are we alone? Impossible. Whenever I point my telescope to the Virgo-Cluster this is the first thing which comes to my mind. Tonight I tuned in the Interstellar soundtrack on youtube 🙂 When the first frame came in I was getting a strange feeling which was somewhere between happiness, admiration, worriedness, abjection and fear and a cold shiver ran down my back.

When I look at the image I see all the galaxies. But it is still very hard – probably impossible – to imagine what that actually means. It is fantastic! And this image is only a very very small region of the night sky. So next time you are annoyed because you missed the bus or the train – take yourself a short moment and remember how small and irrelevant your problem might be compared to what is out there. To me this is sometimes very helpful 🙂

Date2015/05/22
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectVirgo-Cluster
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescopef/5 (F=1000mmm) GSO Newtonian telescope
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance11x, 600s, bin: 1x1
Red8x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Green8x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue8x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Dark5x
Flat10x
Total exposure~2h8min.

On wikipedia you can find a fantastic image of the Virgo-Cluster which shows even more (much more) galaxies than my image. The seeing with my f/5 GSO Newtonian (F=1000mm) was around 3″ – so this could have been better.

Clear skies!

Last updated: June 17, 2022 at 14:11 pm

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