Bode's Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy

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  1. crimbfighter

    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    This is an image I took last night of the Bode's Galaxy (M81), upper left, and the Cigar Galaxy (M82), lower right.

    -Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 lens at 500mm, f/6.3
    -iOptron Skyguider Pro tracking mount
    -66 x 52 sec exposures, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker for a total 57 minutes integrated exposure time
    -Image calibrated with dark frames, flat frames, and bias frames
    -Finish processing in Photoshop

    Bodes and Cigar Galaxies.jpg

    Here is a snapshot of the imaging setup. I wish I could set my telescope up, but time constraints these days make this setup the best option. I can get it out, up, and running in 15 minutes, collect some photons, and be in bed by midnight.
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    D7K This is the right time.. Supporting Member

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    That’s a sweet piece of art right there, nicely done and damn! That’s a setup!


    Sent from my mobile device because I’m either outside or too lazy to get my MacBook..
     
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    Love it!
     
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    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thanks! I'm still very much a novice in the world of astrophotography, but every time I improve and learn more and more. It's addictive and fun!

    Thank you!
     
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    K9Kirk Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Nice shot.
     
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    mountainjunkie No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Very nice! I’ve also recently stepped in to the DSO Astrophotography waters. So far I’ve only made a couple attempts with my 70-200 lens (also using a skyguider) but have a WO Z61 arriving tomorrow!

    Here’s my (heavily cropped) attempt at Bode’s and Cigar @200mm (also pretty short on exposure time as the clouds didn’t cooperate):

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    Impressive photography......
     
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    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thank you, both!
     
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    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Nice! That'll be a nice scope! I am thinking of getting a small guide scope and camera to add to this rig when more funds become available... I have a Celestron 8" SCT that I would love to set up again soon and get a better image of both galaxies.
     
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    Really impressive for only 500mm! Nice rig.
     
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    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thanks! I was quite honestly surprised how much detail I was able to tease out of the image.
     
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    Using the D850?
     

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