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Bode's Galaxy, the Cigar Galaxy, and the Garland Galaxy (with NGC 2976) - My first image from the HOS


Greg Erianne
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Captured this last night, my first time at the HOS.  (I think that's about the only reason it will be memorable!)  The image is a little blah, but it was terrific practice since I don't have a goto mount and I wanted to be specific about framing the image to capture several particular objects.

AT60ED and field flattener
iOptron SkyGuider Pro with guiding via ASIAir Plus and an ASI120mm mini/30F4 guide scope
ASI2600 MC Pro
3 min x 20 lights with corresponding dark, flat, and bias calibration frames
Stacked/Processed in Siril and (minimally) in Adobe Photoshop 2022

 

Thanks to Richard, Maura, and Dave for opening/closing the gate and being great company! 🙂


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Terri Zittritsch
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Posted by: @greg-erianne

Captured this last night, my first time at the HOS.  (I think that's about the only reason it will be memorable!)  The image is a little blah, but it was terrific practice since I don't have a goto mount and I wanted to be specific about framing the image to capture several particular objects.

AT60ED and field flattener
iOptron SkyGuider Pro with guiding via ASIAir Plus and an ASI120mm mini/30F4 guide scope
ASI2600 MC Pro
3 min x 20 lights with corresponding dark, flat, and bias calibration frames
Stacked/Processed in Siril and (minimally) in Adobe Photoshop 2022

 

Thanks to Richard, Maura, and Dave for opening/closing the gate and being great company! 🙂

Greg, another nice wide field capture.   I think there's a bit more color to be had in the galaxies and will just take a bit of work to get it out.    How are you doing your focusing?   Nice star colors and shapes again.

 

 

Terri


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Greg Erianne
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@terri Thanks for your comments, Terri!  I appreciate them.  I'm using a Bahtinov mask right now since I don't have an auto focuser yet.  It was tough on Bode's since there really weren't any bright stars around the target.  When I finally found one bright enough to use, I had the central spike in the middle (at least to my old eyes, anyway).  

Yes, some of the other photos I've seen of Bode's and surrounding galaxies have some beautiful colors in them!  Richard showed me one last night that he took - it was really gorgeous.  I'm going to do a bit more processing on the image and see if I can bring some additional colors out.

Thanks again!


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Terri Zittritsch
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Greg, another thing you might want to do for this area, depending on how much exposure time, is brighten up the background a bit.   The area around M81 and M82 has a lot of IFN (integrated flux nebulosity).     If interested, here is my last try: https://pbase.com/theresamarie1/image/171775460

 

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Greg Erianne
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@terri Wow!  Your image looks great, Terri.  I’ll try what you suggested and spend some more time trying to bring out additional color.  Thanks for the tip!! 😊


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Greg Erianne
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@terri Chalk it up to my total lack of image processing skills, but I just couldn't bring out much more in the Bode's Galaxy image.  Maybe the shot is a little too wide-field to get much color and detail from it.  Not sure.

Thanks for the suggestion, Terri!  I'll keep it in mind for the future.


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@greg-erianne Hello Greg! This image is absolutely GORGEOUS! It was SUCH a pleasure to meet you, and I am so happy that you came and used your club's observatory site! I hope to see you (in the dark) again very soon 🙂 Such great work ~

Maura


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Greg Erianne
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@maura-kelley Thanks, Maura!  It was great meeting you as well.  And thanks for the kind words about the image! 😀 


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@maura-kelley Thank you for using the forum.  Please let Scott Turnbull, Paul Walker or me know about any issues you might have.

 

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@greg-erianne Here is my latest on astrobin (a very humbling place to share photos, although people are nice as can be, but there are many many truly great AP people out there).    As I recall now, these were difficult to draw color I wanted out of them.   I don't usually manipulate anything, but may enhance various parts for artistic (a word that may not match my ability).   But in this case, I may have gone out of my way to achieve colors that other great AP'ers were getting.   It was a real challenge.

https://www.astrobin.com/whtd0y/D/?utm_source=astrobin&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=notification&from_user=121697

 

Terri


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