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#1 elmiko

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:15 AM

Taken from backyard red zone Feb 10-11 2019

AT 92 Trip f/5.5 ATff

Atik 420 osc

58 300sec subs dithered

50 bias 30 flats 30 darks

Captured with Nebulosity 4

Processed with Pixinsite

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#2 RyanSem

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:28 AM

Huh, I didn't know that was a nickname for it. Great shot!


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:37 AM

Yes - and it's perfectly shaped like one so you don't have to 'tax' your imagination as you do with some DSO's and their nicknames.  

 

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BTW - M108 is a pretty easy catch visually even with smaller scopes (6"-8")  if you have dark skies.  


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:17 PM

+1 Huh, I didn't know that was a nickname for it.

 

Excellent shot, very nice colors!


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#5 elmiko

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:24 PM

Thanks Ryansem, M11Mike, and Traveler. I appreciate that.  I found the nickname in Stellarium.


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#6 M11Mike

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 02:28 PM

It's also in Patrick Moore's "Atlas of the Universe" and several other astronomy books.

 

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#7 elmiko

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 03:04 PM

That's cool.

Clear skies Mike



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Posted 15 February 2019 - 11:16 PM

Excellent work! I almost shot this with the owl nebula on the other side of the frame! 

 

CS! 



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 04:24 AM

Excellent work, Mike. Love the beautiful colors.


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#10 elmiko

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:23 AM

Thanks  Dhaval and Rajib , I don't think the seeing was that great.  Or maybe my focus shifted a bit. I imaged M1 the same two nights,  those stars seem a little bit better. Maybe a auto focuser is in the cards for the future? Clear skies Mike 



#11 elmiko

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:30 AM

Dhaval, yes, the owl and this target would make a great image . My field of view with this small sensor wouldn't allow it.  Go for it! 



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 07:56 PM

Nice colors and detail. Great processing, Mike.


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#13 elmiko

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:08 PM

Thanks Tim, still have a ways to go.



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:05 PM

Really well done!  Scott


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#15 elmiko

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:20 PM

Thanks Scott



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 04:43 AM

Very beautiful galaxy, Mike.
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#17 elmiko

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:27 PM

Thanks AIP,  the more I look at the rotation of the galaxy, the less I'm liking it though. I think it would look better if it wasn't so vertical.hmm.gif perhaps, back to Pixinsite?


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