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Leo II dwarf galaxy


 2012 Mar 21

This small diffuse member of the Local Group of galaxies is near the limit of what I can photograph with my equipment. It took a stack of 94 images to get this (I exposed 100 but some were spoilt by satellite trails). The galaxy was only discovered in 1950 and lies about 700,000 light years away.

Canon EOS 5D MkII ISO6400 94x32s
254mm Newtonian f=1200mm f/4.8
HEQ5 equatorial mount, driven but not guided
2012 Mar 21 22:12:11-23:09:12 UT
From Rookhope 54.8N 2.1W 330m asl. Rural, almost no light pollution (3 Bortles)

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