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The Leo Triplet / M66 Galaxy Group

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#1 md11spotter98

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 07:02 PM

Just under 15 hours on the Leo Triplet! I'm really happy with the colors here. Once you get the hang of it, PixInsight works wonders.

 

The tidal tail near NGC 3628 is just barely visible. I could have stretched it further but I wanted to avoid the noise. I'd definitely need to shoot from darker skies or get more exposure time to really show the faint tail.

 

But this is a big improvement over my previous attempt one year ago! I've learned so much from CN, and I'm eternally grateful smile.gif

 

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Total integration: 14 hours 53 minutes (893 minutes)
03/13/19: 321 x 60 seconds ISO800
03/13/19: 2 x 120 seconds ISO800
03/16/19: 313 x 60 seconds ISO800
01/26/20: 46 x 120 seconds ISO400
01/26/20: 1 x 60 seconds ISO400
02/15/20: 43 x 120 seconds ISO400
02/22/20: 38 x 120 seconds ISO400

 

Camera: Canon T3i (stock / unmodified / unmodded DSLR)
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 f/6.0 Apochromatic Refractor (with ES field flattener)
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G
Guide scope: Svbony 50mm f/4.0 Guide Scope
Guide camera: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Software: N.I.N.A. with ASTAP (slewing and platesolving), PHD2 (guiding), Magic Lantern (image capture)
Bortle Class 6 ~19.32 mag/arcsec^2 (Charlottesville, VA)
Stacked with PixInsight, processed with PixInsight and Paint.NET


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:23 PM

Nice! Good to see some local Virginians on here. Im in Lynchburg an hour south. My wife actually  just finished up a grad program at vcom. Your data came out excellent here, looks like you had to stack a ton of subs!

Do you ever do any darksite imaging? I go up on the parkway all the time to shoot.


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:49 PM

Nice! Good to see some local Virginians on here. Im in Lynchburg an hour south. My wife actually  just finished up a grad program at vcom. Your data came out excellent here, looks like you had to stack a ton of subs!

Do you ever do any darksite imaging? I go up on the parkway all the time to shoot.

Thanks Wes! Wow, you're close by. That's cool, congrats to your wife! I'm just starting my last year of undergrad at UVA :)

 

Stacked a decent amount of subs haha, 764 in total! Whenever I'm home (in FL) I drive to dark sites since I have a car here, but I haven't been to any dark sites in VA yet. This year I'm taking a car up so I'm definitely looking for spots to set up.

 

I've only been on the parkway a few times, but never at night yet. Do you go out there with other photographers? There don't seem to be many local Virginians doing imaging, but I'd love to know where all the others go!


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 07:47 PM

Thanks Brandon, good luck at UVA. That is a cool campus and with an even cooler history.  In the summer I see lots of astrophotographers, I know and frequently meet up with a few.  There were more photographers and tracking mounts than I have ever seen in my life up there when neowise was coming through. 

 

I will pm you an overlook I have been wanting to test out up your way, maybe we could rendevous to do some imaging some time.


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