Observation by John Hughes: Messier 97

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Mr John William Hughes


John Hughes


2021 Mar 23 - 21:27


2021 Mar 25 - 15:45


The Owl Nebula (M97)

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Ursa Major

Field centre

RA: 11h14m
Dec: +55°00'
Position angle: -1°21'

Field size

0°32' × 0°28'

  • StellaLyra RC8
  • ZWO ASI1600mm Pro Cool
  • SkyWatcher EQ6R Pro

RGB Gain 200 Offset 50 - Narrowband Gain 250 Offset 50


North Essex

Target name

Messier 97


Messier 97

About this image

I acquired an RC8 towards the end of 2020 and what followed was some long cold nights in the garage trying to collimate this beast. Having never collimated a scope before (I had to look up collimation in the dictionary!) I clearly chose a difficult scope to try this art on for the first time. Not helped by poor weather and unable to do a star test, it wasn’t until February that I was able to see if I was heading in the right direction.

A few tweaks later I got to where I am today and was just itching to slew this scope towards an interesting object and see what it could do. The RC8 had some surprises still in store for me and I have gradually worked my way through them. I feel some fine adjustment is still needed and can’t wait to see what it can do during galaxy season.


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