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M51 : Now in color (and ugly stars)

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#1 IshanAstronomer

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 12:46 AM

Finally, this project is completed and so is this season (I hope not)... The LRGB version of M51 is here..Took me 5 nights (1 in April and 4 in May) to image the whole thing. And very long to process. Wish to add Ha but its been cloudy since a week and a storm expected this week.

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And a tight crop

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Here's the Astrobin link
https://www.astrobin.com/k6o2c0


I have not been able to get the star cores and colors right. Tried using HSV Repair Script in PI but to no avail. Please help me out with that.
 

L : 220 x 60s
R : 90 x 60s
G : 98 x 60s
B : 120 x 60s
All frames at Gain 0 & Temp. -5C..while ambient stayed above 33C entire nights.

Equipment
Camera : ZWO ASI1600mm Pro
Telescope : Skywatcher 130PDS
Mount : HEQ5Pro
Guiding : Orion 50mm guidescope, Orion SSAG Camera
Filters: Orion LRGB
Other/Accessories : ZWO FW, Pegasus Dual Motor Focuser

Location : Gujarat, India. (Bortle 5)

Thanks for looking.


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#2 Jaspalchadha

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 06:20 AM

Don’t beat yourself about the stars.. it’s the galaxy that matters.. good job


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#3 ChrisWhite

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 07:33 AM

meh, I've seen way worse stars...

 

Nice image by the way! 


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#4 IshanAstronomer

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 07:38 AM

Thank you guys.



#5 sunnyday

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 07:44 AM

this photo is superb, I find that the details and the colors are perfect.
thank you and well done.




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