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February 2000 <Objects in February>

[The Rosette Nebula] (1)The Rosette Nebula

Geisei's 60cm reflector is routinely used for research on comets, planets, and other professional purposes with little time left for taking photographs for public appreciation.
I aimed at the Rosette Nebula in Monoceros when Orion was sinking in the western sky in Spring. As I failed to give enough exposure time, the petals of the rosette turned out rather faint.

20.00 January 10, 2000
60cm f/3.5
10-minute exposure on Konica 3200 film
(Contrast is increased by image processing.)
[NGC4038 and NGC4039] (2)NGC 4038 and NGC 4039

While I am taking photos of minor planets and supernovae, I occasionally come across strange-looking objects. This photograph was taken on such an occasion. This is an image of two colliding galaxies in the western part of Corvus (RA: 12h01.9m Dec: 18 d 53 m). It also looks like one galaxy being stretched or two galaxies at different distances appearing in close contact because they are in line of sight. Photos were also taken by a 21cm f/3 astrograph.

Copyright (C) 2000 Tsutomu Seki.