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M 108


Date of image 02/11/2016

M 108 Galaxy near the Owl Nebula.

Hardware details: Camera: Canon 600D (astro modded). Telescope: SW Evostar 120 with Baader UHC-S filter. Mount: AZ-EQ6 guided using a ST80 synguider. Image details: Lights: ~30 x 3min at ISO 800, Darks: 50 x 3min at ISO 800 (from dark library), Lights and darks separated by 15 sec intervals. Flats: 50 x 1/350s (taken from laptop monitor screen) at ISO 800, Bias: 50 x 1/4000 at ISO 800. 

The weather was excellent - no clouds during the whole night. I was able to image until tiredness got the better of me.

Processing was done in DSS, I increased the saturation by 30% and manually aligned the colours. This target is a kind of default goto object since it rises after many other objects of interest for me. I tried to image this and the Owl nebula in a single frame, which put M 108 at in the corner of the frame. As a result there is a small amount of aberration (probably caused by some tilt in the sensor). It might be better for me to centre the galaxy in the frame and lose the Owl nebula.


Please credit D Elijah if you are using this image.


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