M101, Pinwheel Galaxy

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  1. crimbfighter

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    There were some clear skies on Wednesday, so I set up the telescope to shoot M101. The galaxy is situated near the last two stars in the handle of the Big Dipper (Ursa Major). I had to heavily process the data to get a usable image out of it. Viewed large the quality of the image falls apart. There was a lot of light pollution to contend with that night and I didn't have the right filter to use for it. If I had more time imaging it, I could have produced a much better image. However, the cloud Gods decided they would obscure the target early...

    Telescope: Celestron 8" EdgeHD SCT w/ .7x focal reducer
    Celestron AVX go to mount
    21 x 120 sec exposures
    42 Minutes total integrated exposure time
    Calibrated with darks, flats, and bias frames
    Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
    Processed in PS and LR

    M101 May 2020-1.jpg


     
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    zombiesniper Furtographer Extraordinaire! Supporting Member

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    Very nice.
     
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    I like it :)
     
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    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    This was my setup.
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    crimbfighter TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thank you, both!
     
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    I bet you could get a pic of Marvin the Martian with that thing !!!!! :headbang::headbang::headbang:
     
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    Impressive stuff.......
     
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    Very nice set-up and a very cool pic, good job.
     

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