Deepsky - Pieter Vandevelde

Quasar PKS 1354+19 in Bootes

Scope: 10" f/3.8 Newtonian
Mount: Mesu 200
Guiding: Lodestar + oag9 with phd guiding
CCD sbig st8300 @ -15°C
Filters: Baader Luminance UV/IR
Exposure: 2 hrs (24 x 5 min)

Resolution: 1.17 arcsec/pixel
Date: May 3rd 2014

At first glance perhaps an inconspicuous dot of light, however, at a distance of 9.9 billion lightyears this is one of the most distant Quasars in the observable Universe.

This quasar is a gigantic galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center devouring matter at a phenomenal rate. The enormous energy output caused by the accretion disc makes this one of the most luminous objects in the observable universe.