Ton 34

QSO J1019+2745, more commonly known as Ton 34, is a quasar of magnitude 15.7 (slightly variable). At this brightness it should be visible in a 12" telescope, and under dark skies, may also be visible in a 10". Ton 34 has a redshift (z) of 1.918, which equates to a distance of around 10600 million light years!! This means that the light has been travelling for more than twice as long as anyone claims the Earth has been in existence. Something to try and ponder when observing it. That little faint star is really one of the brightest objects in the universe??!!!??

Ton 34 is well placed for northern hemisphere observers as it is situated in the northern portion of the Sickle of Leo. In the image below, the quasar is indicated by the lines. The bright galaxy near the centre of the image is the 13.5 magnitude, NGC 3204

Combination of 5, 3 minute exposures, SBIG STL-1001E CCD.
20" f/6.8 Dall-Kirkham cassegrain at prime focus.