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M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

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#1 syxbach

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Posted 25 June 2022 - 02:21 PM

I took the last chance to image the final galaxy of the galaxy season. The internal structure is challenging because in the summer, seeing is really bad just after sunset. I still need a couple of L subs. 

 

Image details:
Mount: Astro-Physics 1100GTO
Telescope: Astro-Tech RC8 carbon
Camera: SBIG STF-8300 with OAG+FW8-8300 filter wheel
Guide camera: SBIG OAG-8300+Lodestar X2 with Kiss focuser
Filter: Astrodon LRGB Gen2 E-Series
Exposure time:
L: 41*10 min, bin1
R: 20*10 min, bin2
G: 19*10 min, bin2
B: 20*10 min, bin2

Post processing: Pixinsight 1.8.8+Photoshop
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Yuexiao

 

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Posted 25 June 2022 - 02:34 PM

   Awesome shot! Nice balance of color; the dust lanes are incredible. I like the subtle detail you've got in the faint outer arms. I wonder if this galaxy has been disrupted by a close pass with a neighbor. Beautiful star colors. I'm a visual observer, don't know much about imaging but I'd hang this on my wall. Thanks for sharing!


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Posted 25 June 2022 - 03:18 PM

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#4 Dean J.

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Posted 25 June 2022 - 04:23 PM

That is a beautiful image.  Great color and well exposed.   This is only my opinion but the printing on the image does detract from the overall aesthetics.


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Posted 25 June 2022 - 04:54 PM

Now that's impressive!!!!!!

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#6 Shannon Foye

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Posted 25 June 2022 - 05:49 PM

Nice work Yuexiao
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Posted 25 June 2022 - 05:53 PM

That is a stunning image, wonderful capture.


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Posted 25 June 2022 - 06:04 PM

Nice job!


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Posted 25 June 2022 - 06:53 PM

Fantastic image on a difficult target! Great color balance and detail. Minor point but I agree with Dean J. about the printing but I would be proud to display my name on the image too! 😄
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Posted 25 June 2022 - 07:25 PM

Wow! Nice image!!


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Posted 25 June 2022 - 11:35 PM

Thank you. The signature is just for copyright. I try to keep it away from the main object of each picturegrin.gif

 

 

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That is a beautiful image.  Great color and well exposed.   This is only my opinion but the printing on the image does detract from the overall aesthetics.

 

Thank you. Try to keep my signature as small as possiblegrin.gif

 

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Fantastic image on a difficult target! Great color balance and detail. Minor point but I agree with Dean J. about the printing but I would be proud to display my name on the image too!



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Posted 25 June 2022 - 11:35 PM

Thank you, Jeff.

 

Wow! Nice image!!


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Posted 25 June 2022 - 11:35 PM

Thank you!

Nice job!



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Posted 25 June 2022 - 11:37 PM

Thank you!

 

   Awesome shot! Nice balance of color; the dust lanes are incredible. I like the subtle detail you've got in the faint outer arms. I wonder if this galaxy has been disrupted by a close pass with a neighbor. Beautiful star colors. I'm a visual observer, don't know much about imaging but I'd hang this on my wall. Thanks for sharing!

 

Thanks!

 

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Thank you!

 

Now that's impressive!!!!!!

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Thanks Shannon.

 

Nice work Yuexiao



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Posted 26 June 2022 - 04:10 AM

Beautiful image with great resolution, the RC8 really shines with good seeing and good tracking.
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Posted 26 June 2022 - 04:32 AM

Most of us would be very happy with that image, especially if you had trouble with seeing.  Hot ground and cool air makes for some unpleasant natural convection currents for sure.  The hottest evening I ever experienced in Lubbock was 99 degrees F at midnight.  Many evenings were still over 90 F when astronomical darkness arrived.  Phoenix can do worse, but 90+ degrees F will really put your camera's cooler to the test.


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Posted 26 June 2022 - 01:31 PM

great result! waytogo.gif

Thanks for sharing!

 

cheers

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Posted 27 June 2022 - 08:00 AM

Fantastic, you really nailed this one. The faint dust at the boundaries looks great too.
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Posted 27 June 2022 - 10:56 AM

Thank you Mert. Cheap RC8 always shines. lol.gif

 

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Beautiful image with great resolution, the RC8 really shines with good seeing and good tracking.



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Posted 27 June 2022 - 10:58 AM

My old 8300 ccd barely cools down to -5 c. It is hard. 16200 can go down to -15 c.

 

 

Most of us would be very happy with that image, especially if you had trouble with seeing.  Hot ground and cool air makes for some unpleasant natural convection currents for sure.  The hottest evening I ever experienced in Lubbock was 99 degrees F at midnight.  Many evenings were still over 90 F when astronomical darkness arrived.  Phoenix can do worse, but 90+ degrees F will really put your camera's cooler to the test.



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Posted 27 June 2022 - 10:58 AM

Thank you Andreas

great result! waytogo.gif

Thanks for sharing!

 

cheers

Andreas

 

Thank you Wes

Fantastic, you really nailed this one. The faint dust at the boundaries looks great too.



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Posted 27 June 2022 - 04:13 PM

Great job, great colors :)




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