I find edge-on galaxies especially pleasing, I guess this is the reason while I return to NGC4565 so often.
While the images were captured, the Starlink satellites which launched yesterday passed almost through the Zenith. They were still very closely grouped, and changed dramatically in brightness when the culminated almost in the Zenith. Here are some images of that pass:
Soon after reaching their highest point in the sky, they entered Earth’s shadow and became unobservable.
Galaxies in Leo, M 65, M 66, NGC 3628, NGC 3893 among many others in the backgroud. Astro-Professional 80mm ED f/7 with 0.8x reducer, 53x120s (1h46m), ISO 400, Nikon Z6 – definitely not enough focal length for this subject
The flaming star nebula IC405 is visible at the upper right in this image, it is a cloud of glowing hydrogen excited by the very hot O-type star AE Aurigae. AE Aurigae is believed to be a former member of a multiple star in the trapezium of Orion. When two binary stars got too close to each other, AE Auriga and presumably also Mu Columbae got ejected. It is now a high velocity star just passing through this gaseous region in the constellation Auriga.
To be able to use a wide field with nebulosity in the constellation Orion I used the unmodified Nikon Z6 in combination with a 35nm h-alpha filter to be able to show the faint hydrogen clouds which are visible here.
The constellation Virgo is home to the Virgo galaxy cluster, the largest in our vicinity (if you count millions of lightyears as vicinity). The image above are individual crops from an image taken with a 60mm refractor telescope.