How far can I go?

Sky at Night Magazine - - LETTERS -

The lucky win­ners with their en­graved medals along­side teacher Martin Ed­monds My son re­cently chal­lenged me to pho­to­graph the most dis­tant as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ject pos­si­ble with my mod­est equip­ment – a Sky-Watcher 130PDS New­to­nian on an EQ5 mount, with a Canon EOS 1100D DSLR cam­era. I have so far man­aged the galaxy IC 2745, at an es­ti­mated dis­tance of about half a bil­lion lightyears, which I cap­tured in the back­ground of a pho­to­graph I took a few of weeks ago of the Leo Triplet of gal­ax­ies. Imag­ing a quasar would push the dis­tance be­yond the bil­lion lightyear mark, but I’m wait­ing un­til Au­gust and prop­erly dark skies be­fore I at­tempt that. Chris Duffy, Con­sett, County Durham

Chris’s snap of galaxy IC 2745 in Leo – it is al­most half a bil­lion lightyears away

Clearly you have the skills to match this great chal­lenge, Chris! If it’s a quasar you’re af­ter, how about 3C 273 in Virgo, at two bil­lion lightyears? – Ed

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