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#1 MadMaxwellSmart

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:53 AM

Shot this after my Leo Triplet, I was stating to get cold so this is only a 40 min. shot.M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy.jpg

8x300sec. Lights

20x300sec. Darks

30 Flats

125 Bias


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 07:11 PM

love it. What did you use to get it?



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 09:55 AM

love it. What did you use to get it?

I used my C8 Newt riding on a AVX mount, with a Canon 550D unmodded. I was guided but like I said I only went 300 sec on my exposures. I was starting to get a little chilly that night. 



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:15 PM

Again, it's a good shot, but the processing is very brown. You did get better contrast this time. What are you using to process these shots?



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 06:10 PM

Nice!



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Posted 12 March 2017 - 06:37 PM

Again, it's a good shot, but the processing is very brown. You did get better contrast this time. What are you using to process these shots?

Well I processed with star tools, and I did bring a little color out but was not pleased with it, I may try and add a little more time to it, that should help, thanks for your input.



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 12:07 PM

I redid M51 and worked on my processing in the color mod of star tools, here's what I got this time, and thanks for your input.M51 redo.jpg


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 02:00 PM

Excellent image!

The detail in the spiral arms shows well the resolving power of an 8"(200 mm) class mirror in a Newtonian compared to the less detailed images taken with small (80 mm class) refractors.
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:09 PM

Very nice and with modest tools similar to mine. I, too, use an unmodded DSLR, a newtonian reflector and a AVX mount these days. Lance Armstrong famously stated, "It's not about the bike!" I think your image is a fitting analog to that.




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