NGC 5128 and Supernova

Dave Bishop from the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science challenged us to attempt to capture the supernova in NGC 5128. This is a very unique looking galaxy waaaay down south. We pointed two of our telescopes at the galaxy over two nights. The galaxy never rises above 32 degrees S from our location, and we have severe light domes toward the horizon in all directions. We were only able to capture images of this galaxy for one hour each night.

We used the RiLA 600mm with FLI ML 8300 to capture L and Ha images, and we used our Planewave CDK 17 and Moravian 8300 to capture R, G, and B. This is the first time we've created one image from both telescopes. Here is our attempt at capturing our first supernova. In the additional image in the gallery below, the inset shows that the smaller point of light is the supernova, tucked in next to a foreground star from the Milky Way.

Object details

Galaxy in Centaurus

Right Ascension: 13h 25m 27.6s

Declination: −43° 01′ 09″

Magnitude: 6.84

Moon Age Average: 3.20 days

Moon Phase Average: 11.45 %

Additional images

Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Feb 11, 2016 and Feb 12, 2016
Telescope:
Planewave CDK 17
Focal Length:
2924 mm
F-Ratio:
F/6.8
Mount:
10 Micron GM 4000
Camera:
Moravian G2 8300
Image Scale:
0.38 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Maxim DL 6

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
R Astrodon 2x
G Astrodon 2x
B Astrodon 2x


Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Feb 11, 2016 and Feb 12, 2016
Telescope:
Officina Stellare RiLA 600
Focal Length:
3000 mm
F-Ratio:
F/5
Mount:
10 Micron GM 4000
Camera:
FLI ML 8300
Image Scale:
0.37 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Maxim DL 6

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
L Astrodon 1x


Total Exposure Time

0 seconds

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