by Rex Parker
With the passing of the equinox it’s time to start searching for the great sweep of galaxies in Leo and Virgo. This is absolutely the best time of year for observing galaxies both visually and astrophotographically. In the last week of March, I set up my Takahashi FS128 at f/6 to get a fairly wide field of view (~1 degree). Tracking was accomplished using a Losmandy G11 mount off my deck in Titusville, and an SBIG ST-10XME was used to capture the images below.
The parade of galaxies is seldom more fun than on these spring evenings in Jersey. Head on out to the AAAP observatory in Washington Crossing Park to see more.