The Rose Galaxy


Mark Large


Scope: Altair Astro 10″ RCT
Mount: Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT
Camera: QSI 683wsg-8 fitted with Astrodon filters
Guider: SBGI ST-i
MaximDL, PixInsight, Photoshop CC

The Rose Galaxy (ARP 273) consists of two interacting galaxies UGC 1810 (the rose head) and UGC 1813 (the stem) in Andromeda. This galaxy is approximately 300 million light years away.

I think this is a beautiful galaxy that really tests your alignment and tracking setup. Having just upgraded my camera to the QSI, it was the first opportunity to see what it could do.

This image consists of 16 hours of data, 4 each in LRGB.