|SN 2011fe in M101|
08/26/2011 2 10:26 PM EST
©Billy Vazquez from Webster,NY @ VAO
Supernova 2011fe in M101 on August 26th, 2011 from Webster, NY at the Vazquez Astronomical Observatory. Using the 12" SCT at f/10. 10 stacked exposures of 150 seconds, dark subtracted and flat fielded. No other processing done on the image other than the big black arrow pointing to the Supernova Type 1a, 2011fe. From Webster, NY M101 starts at around 40 degrees of elevation from the horizon on the West at this time of the year. Unlucky for me my West view of the sky is limited to about 37 degrees of altitude and above so I had a small window of opportunity to image the galaxy.
Nevertheless, it is a rare opportunity for an astronomer to be able to image a supernova event with his own observatory. So this is a first for me and I feel pretty good about the results. Next to do some photo metric analysis of the data and confirm its apparent magnitude.