Skies By Africa

Images of the Heavens By Eric Africa

NGC 891

NGC 891
NGC 891 is one of the more famous edge-on spiral galaxies, and one of my personal favorites (the other being NGC 4565), mostly thanks to the dust lane bisecting the galaxy in this edge-on view. It is overshadowed by its majestic neighbor M31 in Andromeda, though.

I have only imaged this galaxy once so far, mainly because I have been searching for a decent-quality, longer-focal-length instrument to image galaxies with.

NGC 891 is reasonably visible with an 8" telescope from light-polluted skies. I have seen it from my back yard, though details are absent.
Constellation: Andromeda
When Visible: September - January
Distance:  10 Million Light-years
Date: September 2004
Location: West Chester, Ohio
Exposure Details:
L: 12 x 10 Minutes binned 1x1
R: 6 x 5 Minutes binned 2x2
G: 6 x 5 Minutes binned 2x2
B: 9 x 5 Minutes binned 2x2
Equipment Used: Celestron C8 with f/6.3 reducer on a Takahashi EM200 Temma 2 mount. SBIG ST-8XE camera with CFW-8a filter wheel and Astrodon LRGB filters.
Acquisition Software : CCDSoft
Processing Software: CCDSoft, Photoshop 5.0, AIP4Win