It was a pretty miserable saturday- murky, cold & raining. I had that sinking no astronomy feeling- you know the one I mean.
At 2.00AM Sunday morning I happened to glance out of the window and the Sky was really clear- I mean unusually transparent for my region and quite dark.
I knew that the local group galaxies were high- M81 & M82 were nearly on the Meridian. I swung the C14 into action.
I have always wanted to capture M81- but either it was never well placed or the weather was not co-operating.
The image I managed to capture came out good for my conditions- I'm probably Bortle 8 at best.
I took 12 RGB 3 minute subs in each channel and 22 3 minute L subs. All at 2x2 bin on the ASI6200 with Baader LRGB filters. C14 Edge at F11.
A larger image is posted here https://www.astrobin.com/380v2s/
It is a shame that I can't position my camera sensor to suit as it slightly cropped the galaxy however when rotated it kind of gives the effect of falling in which I really like.
As always let me know what you think of the image
........stay safe in these troubled times.