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 🙂
|Location||Böblingen / Germany|
|Guiding||yes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG|
|Telescope||f/5 (F=1000mmm) GSO Newtonian telescope|
|Luminance||11x, 600s, bin: 1x1|
|Red||8x, 150s, bin: 2x2|
|Green||8x, 150s, bin: 2x2|
|Blue||8x, 150s, bin: 2x2|
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: July 23, 2022 at 12:54 pm