Observation by Paul Leyland: Core of M87 and its jet

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Paul Leyland

Observer

Paul Leyland

Observed

2022 Mar 30 - 02:40

Uploaded

2022 Apr 01 - 14:16

Objects

M87

Equipment
  • 0.4m Dilworth Relay
  • Starlight Xpress 814 Trius Pro
  • No filter
Exposure

620 seconds in 11 subs (1x20, 10x60)

Location

Tacande Observatory, MPC J22

Target name

M87 and its jet

Title

Core of M87 and its jet

About this image

What with a volcanic eruption dumping ash into and around the observatory, the TCS dying (which meant it had to be replaced and all the software re-installed), the camera and the auto-focus playing up, it was over 6 months before I could start imaging again. The image above is "first light" from the new system and was taken before darks and flats were available.

Even so, it shows the relativistic jet coming out of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Messier 87 galaxy. The image is zoomed in to the point where individual 0.6 arcsec pixels are evident.

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