Readers’ wildlife photograph

Posting may be light today as I have some science to do (working on my last research paper!), and we’ll have but one wildlife photo, an astronomy photo by reader Tim Anderson. But I love the astronomy shots, and this is a good one. Tim’s notes:

This is a picture of the Sculptor Galaxy, NGC 253, also known as the Silver Coin Galaxy. It was observed by Caroline Herschel in 1783. It is likely to merge with our galaxy, the Milky Way, at some time in the future.
Note that Brian Cox’s cat, the calico Herschel, is named after Caroline Herschel.
Tim also added a picture of his pet:

Herewith a picture of Angus the Big Dog (he is now the live-in mate of Paddy the Magnificent Hound, a picture of whom you have published previously). Angus likes knitting and flower arranging (aficionados of Australian movies may recognise the reference…)


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 20, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Knitting and flower arranging, that’s perfect.

  2. Claudia Baker
    Posted September 20, 2018 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Wow, beautiful shot! Can you describe your camera equipment/lens/techniques that you used for this? (cute puppy too!)

    • Tim Anderson
      Posted September 20, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Telescope: 254mm Newtonian, F4
      Camera: ASI1600 monochrome
      Images: 50 x sixty-seconds in each of L, R, G and B channels
      Combined in Nebulosity and processed in Photoshop

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted September 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

        Thanks! Great work. I’m envious.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 20, 2018 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Interesting! I did not know of this galaxy neighbor of ours.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted September 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Is there anybody out there?

    Handsome pooch you got there.

  5. rickflick
    Posted September 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I’d heard that Andromeda was also on a collision course with the Milky Way. Some kind of universal attraction. Maybe galaxies are like cats.

  6. Posted September 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous photo! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Posted September 21, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I think, “Knitting and flower arranging” is a reference to “The Dish”, isn’t it? I love that movie! (And great sound track.)

  8. Posted September 23, 2018 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Angus What A Cute Dog! 🙂 ❤

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