Messier 102 - The Spindle Galaxy Astrophotography



Messier 102 is a lenticular galaxy seen edge-on in Draco. Near M102 and included in our field of view is another galaxy, NGC 5907! Our image is just 2 hours and 15 minutes of exposure time. My laptop got full and SGP did not give me any error message until sunrise... it just kept writing 0KB files all night that all ended up in the trash 🤦🏼‍♂️. Because I was not very hopeful about the end result, I also did not bother stacking darks or flats. In the end the result is not bad though!


Those are not the best targets to image unless you have a large telescope, but it