Galaxies The edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 891 (Caldwell 23), Taken at New Mexico Skies in September, 2008, with the FRC-300 telescope and the large format SBIG STL-11000M camera. The dark central stripe running down the center of this galaxy is due to light absorbing ‘dust’ which obscures the light from its constituent stars. This is a single 15 minute exposure luminance-only image. There are dozens of much smaller galaxies visible in this frame. This image is of the spiral galaxy M33 (Triangulum or Pinwheel Galaxy), one of the local group of galaxies. It was taken in September, 2008, from New Mexico Skies using the Takahashi FRC-300 telescope and an SBIG STL-11000M camera. A total of 1.5 Hrs exposure were required to yield this LRGB image. M31, the great galaxy in Andromeda. Taken at the Star Hill Observatory with the 6″ refractor riding piggyback on the 24″ R-C telescope in October, 2005. The SBIG ST-10+CFW-8A camera was used and this LRGB image represents 14 – 21 combined images per filter. This picture shows only the central area of this large nearby galaxy, due to the relatively small field of view of the CCD chip at the high focal ratio (f/10) used here. This is a luminance-only image of the NGC7331 group of galaxies in Pegasus. The group includes several smaller hard to see galaxies in this raw, unprocessed image. Taken in October, 2007, at Star Hill using the 4″ Televue NP101 and SBIG ST010XME camera.