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Goofi's Imaging Challenge, June 2019 - M106

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#1 nmoushon

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 11:54 AM

The June 2019 Challenge is now open. The target is M106. To reduce the number of stickies, please submit your entry to this thread.

 

The Rules will remain pretty simple:

      Your Equipment
      Your Data, Captured This Season
      Your Processing
      One Entry Per Member

 

To increase participation over such a diverse group, the winner will be selected by random drawing. Please feel free to start a thread requesting guidance on your entry prior to submitting it, the whole purpose of this challenge is to learn and compare on a common target. Entries must be submitted by midnight eastern time on June 30, and I will try to announce the winner early in July. Note: If I am late announcing, gently nudge one of the moderators in a private note, it helps wink.gif

 

Please display an image in your post, not just a link!!

 

I hope everyone has fun with this one, and with that,

 

Let The Games Begin

 

**Disclaimer** - If the selected winner does not reply and pick a target with-in 3 days of the winner being announced the Mods will then select the next target.


 

#2 TOMDEY

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 12:46 PM

~Not a Contest Submission~

 

Well, for novelty/comparison purposes only, this is was what I was able to pull out of it thirty-five years ago, using plain photographic film, single exposure!    Tom

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:18 AM

This is a wonderful choice. I had imaged it on 13th of April 2019. So, here is my image, cropped to meet CN's size restricions, but still showing 3 other Edge-on galaxies. M106 is the larger galaxy at bottom right. Even though M106 was relatively small in my image, it still showed a lot of the turmoil that is happening close to the center of the galaxy :  

 

4-13 2019 & 2018 M106 LNC Comb181Min csc STCr1JHDR-CN.jpg

 

My capture details are: 

 

Date of capture : April 13, 2019.

Place : My backyard in Houston, Tx area, 

OTA : Stellarvue 105 triplet with an SV Field flattener & an Orion Skyglow imaging filter, 

Imaging camera : H-Alpha modded Nikon D5300 camera,

Unguided 84 minutes (63x80sec) at ISO 400 & f7 using a simple intervalometer,

Took all calibration frames (bias, darks and flats) for intergration in APP,

Software : Integration of raw subs in APP (Astro Pixel Processor) & post processing in StarTools with last few tweaks in FastStone image viewer. 

 

Since M106 (bottom right) was rather small, I am taking the liberty of showing a deep crop of the same image to show M106 better : 

 

4-13 2019 & 2018 M106 LNC Comb181Min csc STCr1JHDRCrop.jpg

 

Other notes: Moon was half lit and there were upto 25 mph wind gusts which resulted in somewhat odd shaped stars. Hope others have much better renditions of this little beauty! Cheers ..... Anil


Edited by AKHalea, 04 June 2019 - 09:23 AM.

 

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:09 AM

~Not a Contest Submission~

 

Well, for novelty/comparison purposes only, this is was what I was able to pull out of it thirty-five years ago, using plain photographic film, single exposure!    Tom

Not sure whats more impressive....that you took that with film or that you got a 2 hour exposure at that focal length and pin point stars. Thanks for sharing.


 

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 02:36 PM

Imaged June 2nd.

 

ES ed80 triplet apo. F6 - 480mm fl.

Full spectrum modified T3i with IDAS LPS D1.

AVX.

 

BYEOS, PHD2, DSS and PS.

 

105 x 120 lights.

20 darks, flats and bias.

Camera sensor temp +14c.

 

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#6 Gipht

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 02:43 PM

The ASI071MC Pro and my STV 102 combine for  an image scale of 1.4" per pixel.  Not exactly galaxy killer territory.  This  is 69 x 2 minutes and was taken last night  at 200 gain at -5C with just darks and flats. Stacked in DSS. Developed in Star Tools and Gimp.  The CEM60 mount was autoguided.

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#7 John Tucker

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 05:20 PM

OK, Mine is not from the specified time window, but what the heck.

 

Processed in Siril, which seems to be converting everything to black and white.  

 black and white.JPG

 

LX200 Classic with 0.63 focus reducer

Skywatcher EQ6-R mount

Canon T5i

24 x 240 sec 

Cropped


Edited by John Tucker, 04 June 2019 - 05:23 PM.

 

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 05:21 PM

Not sure whats more impressive....that you took that with film or that you got a 2 hour exposure at that focal length and pin point stars. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks! I do recall, with a combination of dread and pride... that an ~all-nighter~ back then meant about three images, comprising six or more hours of "hand-guiding" and hoping a cloud, hiccough or distraction would not ruin the entire effort. And then leaving for work before dawn, not having slept! As with accomplished contributors here, I got my technique down by... practice, practice, practice! That image of M106 is the 242nd Deep Sky exposure that I collected with that scope... comprising well over 600 hours of hand-guiding. By then, I pretty much had quelled all the addressable bugs/trolls/gremlins involving equipment and technique. No coincidence, my heroes are the likes of William, John and Caroline Herschel, Messier, Burnhams (both), Hubble, Secchi, Dobson, Levy... myriad others. Aside: The original works of Copernicus, Galileo, Brahe... read that stuff --- those guys were absolute genius maniacs! We often imagine them as lightweights, by modern standards... just not so... if anything, we ~moderns~ have an immense legacy supporting our modest efforts.

 

I guess that's why I do mostly visual now-a-days and enjoy admiring the images that you all share here!    Tom


 

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 08:52 PM

Hi, this is my effort for this spring galaxy season on M106.  It was shot April 23, 2019 through suburban skies.

 

Equipment:  8" f/5 Newt, AVX mount, Starlight Xpress Ultrastar C camera

 

Data:  30 minutes as 15 subs of 120 sec. each unguided

 

Processing was with Nebulosity (gradient removal, grayCstoration) and Gimp (curves)

 

The small thin galaxy off to the right side of M106 is NGC 4248 (mag 12.5) and appears to be a companion galaxy to M106.  They are both about 23 million light years distant.   Definitely, a tip of the hat to all those who imaged galaxies like this on film manually guided back in the day!

 

__Tom

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 05:22 AM

OK, Mine is not from the specified time window, but what the heck.

 

Processed in Siril, which seems to be converting everything to black and white.  

Probably because you don't debayer your files after preprocessing and before alignment.


 

#11 Pawan

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 11:51 PM

Equipment:  Televue 102, 0.8x focal reducer/flattener, ASI1600MM cooled, LRGBHa composite, total of around 6 hours from red zone and a lot of light pollution from neighbors :-), Atlas Pro

 

 

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 06:49 PM

I was hoping to get more time on this, but it looks like that's not going to happen.  Click on the small image for acquisition details.

 

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 10:52 PM

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:04 AM

M106_new.jpg Shot March 3 urban Victoria BC, Bortle 8 sky.

ES127ED apo shooting at f/5.5, ZWO ASI183MM Pro with Optolong LRGB filters

About 1.5 hours of LRGB.

Processed in PixInsight

 

This was first time using MureDenoise in PI and it left an unusual "weave" pattern that I have since learned to avoid. (Always more to learn with PI!)

 


 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 11:11 AM

Here is my first attempt at M106.  Images captured on two nights June 6th-7th.  Subs processed in PI.

 

Scope: AP130 f/6

Mount: AP600E

Camera: ASI1600MM-Pro

Filters: ZWO LRGB

RGB Integration: 10x300sec each channel, binned 2x2

L integration: 18x300 sec, binned 1x1

Bortle 8 sky

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Edited by dec12252, 09 June 2019 - 11:22 AM.

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 07:48 PM

Last night 6-8-19 was my very first night of imaging ever!  I got this and M101.  I had actually been imaging M101 and I was on the forums looking for some help when I noticed the imaging challenge and wanted to take part! Unfortunately I can't seem to get more color in M106, I think with the 183mm I need to take longer exposures I've read.  Super excited to finally start my journey into astrophotography, It only took 20 years after I got my first telescope!

 

My setup is:

WO Star71II

ASI 183MM Cooled

ASI EFW LRGB filters

Celestron CGEM

 

Guiding is:

ASI 290MC (I know... Not mono, oopsie)

Astromania 60mm guidescope

 

Software used:

ASICAP

(I have a SharpCap License used for Polar Alignment, Asicap just seemed easier for imaging at the time.)

PHD2

Photoshop

DSS

10x120s LRGB

10 Flats ( taken at 50ms with the histogram showing 30k. Used a tshirt and daylight)

9 Darks taken after imaging using all the same settings.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 02:45 AM

The image was taken with the TSapo100q astrograph, Sigma APO 1.4x tele-extender, (812mm FL), unmodified Canon 600D camera, Astronomik CLS-CCD filter, IEQ30pro mount, and Orion 60mm F4 SSAGpro autoguider.
 
It is a stack of 14 x 240 second exposures, iso 3200, processed with 2x drizzle, 30 dark, and 30 bias frames, 25% crop. Limiting magnitude on the original is 18.
 
Software used was PHD2, DSS, XnView, StarTools, and Neat Image.

 

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:29 AM

 This is an LRGB image of M106. I wanted to include NGC4217, an interesting edge-on spiral galaxy in the same frame. NGC4217 is a possible companion galaxy of M106. My goal was to maintain some of the color in the surrounding stars and also provide some detail in the core of M106. With the short nights and a limited western horizon, my integration time is short.

Taken from my backyard in Bortle 6 sky (SW Pennsylvania) on 6/4/2019

Equipment:
Losmandy GM811G
Moonlite Focuser
ES127 F7.5 FCD100 CF @ 952mm FL
ZWO ASI1600MM-C @ -20
ZWO Filter Wheel, OAG
ZWO ASI-290 (guiding)
Red - 25 subs @ 60s, Green - 25 subs @ 60s, Blue - 18 subs @ 60s, Lum - 50 subs @ 30s

 

Total Integration Time: 1.55 hours
Processed in Pixinsight

 

Higher Resolution Image:

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:30 PM

32 x 90 seconds 

16 x 180 seconds

 

6inch 750mm newtonian. RisingCam imx178.

 

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 05:46 PM

June 10th rain predicted LOL

Evolution 8 HD tube 0.7x with Star Sense

AVX Mount

Canon 7D MkII Camera

180 @ 30 seconds ISO 1600 65 degrees (still working on getting the auto guider setup)

 

The wireless adapter on the mount locked up and lost connection so the target drifted some.  It would not reconnect with a reboot of things.  Thinking it was caused by me messing with the handset to the window laptop.  Ran things off of an iPad using SkyPortal.

 

Processed in Nebulosity with 41 flats and 20 darks.  There is some lines of noise that start getting pretty bad if I try to get more detail out.  I am improving but doing something(s) wrong still as if I add bias frames the signal goes to zero.

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Edited by sheepofblue, 14 June 2019 - 05:48 PM.

 

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:00 AM

Best I could manage this month.

 

Camera: Fuji X-M1  (iso6400)

Scope:    Tokina 55mm lens

Mount: small home-made equatorial mount

 

195 x 15s light frames  //  2 flat frames  (no darks / no bias)

 

Processed with Sequator & GIMP

 

So this is a widefield shot. M106 appears as little more than a smudge.... The two bright stars on the right of image are Alioth & Phad

 

M106 19JUN19 195x15s F64 Tok jhz.jpg

 

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 07:29 PM

From April this year. Explore Scientific 80mm CF triplet. 

ASI183MC OSC

iOptron CEM25P

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Central Florida


 

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 12:25 AM

M106startoolscrop.jpg

 

Taken the morning of June 8th from Boerne , Texas with QHY183M and ES127-FCD100 on CGX mount with Orion 60mm guide scope and QHY5III290 .  Only 25 minutes of total exposure ; but my very first attempt at guiding ; I had some technical difficulties ; I promise to do better next time .


 

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 05:49 PM

So, this has been a month of frustration, and therein, learning, both in terms of technique and potential upgrades to my current equipment.  Thanks to all those who have pitched in their comments and ideas.

 

Below is the result of 4 nights combined imaging, each with a different emphasis in trying to get a better set of subs, and each limited by either or both weather (poor seeing and transparency) and technical issues (flakey intervalometer).  Normally, one wouldn't mash such data together by simply putting each night into a tab in DSS and pushing "Go", but I neither have the skills nor probably the software to process them separately for subsequent merging.  A challenge for myself next month, assuming the new imaging target won't be so, um, time challenging, is to try APP instead of DSS+ST.  The "problem" this month has been that, as messy as this has been, adding each additional night's data has improved the resulting image.  So, this is surely not the best that can be done with the data, but still better than what I'd get otherwise.

 

OTA:  Celestron C8N 8" f/5 Newtonian with a Paracorr-2 coma corrector.  Net 1,150mm focal length

Mount:   Celestron AVX

Guiding:  Celestron 80mm f/7.5 guide scope, ASI174mm Mini camera.  PHD2 software running on a Raspberry Pi 3B

Camera: Nikon D3200, unmodified.  3 nights at ISO 12,800; one night at ISO 3200.

 

Sub Exposures varied from 30 seconds to 2 minutes; three nights without and one night with an Astronomik UHC filter.  One night was at a really dark site (until the Moon came up), somewhat sabotaged by a flakey intervalometer which shortened the maximum sub exposure times to 30 seconds each, and a nasty breeze that pushed the AVX and PHD2's ability to keep stars round.  Total image integration time 4 hours 34 minutes, 43 seconds, which is a personal record.

 

Stacked in DSS, processed with StarTools.  The image here is about a 50% crop, due to the wildly varied alignment from one night to the next.  I'm rather impressed that DSS was actually able to make sense out of the lot.  On the final night I finally got Plate Solving to work, so at least that issue has been more or less solved for future imaging.

 

Enjoy,

 

Greg

 

 

 

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:33 PM

My M106 imaged over four nights in March and April 2019.

117x90second lums

80x120 second reds

80x120 second greens

80x120 second blues

60 bias, 35 darks, 35 flats each per filter.

Total integration 11.5 hours

Acquired with SGP, processed with PixInsight as LRGB and final tweaking with Photoshop.

From my backyard with Bortle 5 skies.

 

Gary

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