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#1 elmiko

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 12:28 PM

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M 63 The Sunflower Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. It lies 37 million light years away. It has a diameter of 90,000 light years.

 

Took this out at the dark site. Had fun with a couple of imaging Buds! The transparency wasn't very good 6/10.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 12:34 PM

Your picture has a soft natural feel about it with a lot of detail and color.  You are getting pretty good at this!


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 12:35 PM

Thanks so much Gipht! I appreciate your opinion my friend!



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:51 PM

Hi Mike,

 

One of the best images of M63 I've seen in a long time with a modest telescope.

 

I've always failed in my imaging of M63. It demands a dark sky and that's something I don't have. I always start imaging when its a bit low in the murky lower altitude.

 

I guess I need more planning around this target to get a result as good as yours. Well done!


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:52 PM

The galaxy really pops in your image. VERY NICE! waytogo.gif


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:50 PM

Hi Mike,

 

One of the best images of M63 I've seen in a long time with a modest telescope.

 

I've always failed in my imaging of M63. It demands a dark sky and that's something I don't have. I always start imaging when its a bit low in the murky lower altitude.

 

I guess I need more planning around this target to get a result as good as yours. Well done!

Thanks so much Mark! You are correct. This Galaxy demands a dark sky in order to resolve the outer arms and the famous Tidal Tail. I've recently determined that I can get an image from my Bortle 4 site , that is twice as good with half the integration time than an image from my Bortle 8 backyard!! So yes, nothing like dark skies. I started imaging this when it was within three hours of the meridian. The transparency was bad last night too.

 Happy imaging buddy!



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:52 PM

The galaxy really pops in your image. VERY NICE! waytogo.gif

Thanks Miki!



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:09 PM

Really nice shot, Mike! How are you liking the 533 vs the 071?


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:18 PM

Really nice shot, Mike! How are you liking the 533 vs the 071?


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Thanks Scott! The 533 isn't going to replace the 071. I really like the 071. I got the 533 because of the small sensor for capturing smaller targets. It's a great little camera though. The back-lit sensor is incredibly sensitive.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:16 PM

Thanks Scott! The 533 isn't going to replace the 071. I really like the 071. I got the 533 because of the small sensor for capturing smaller targets. It's a great little camera though. The back-lit sensor is incredibly sensitive.

Glad to hear you're liking it. I was presuming you weren't going to get rid of the 071. It seems like it would be hard to permanently sacrifice that large field of view.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:56 PM

No, I'll never get rid of it. I can get 6 degrees field of view with the 071 and my 135 mm lens.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:09 AM

Beautiful image Mike!! The 8 inch SCT reaches out to resolve the deep stuff very well. Keep up the good work!!

 

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 07:23 AM

That's a beauty Mike, very good result, the colors are very nice :waytogo:
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Posted 05 May 2021 - 09:35 AM

Thanks so much Steve and Mert! I always appreciate your opinion.

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 10:46 PM

Well done Mike! You did a lot with 3.3hrs worth of hazy data.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 11:24 PM

Thanks Pete! Glad you like it buddy!




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