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johnrt

M81 The final version

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Following on from this  thread http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/206331-the-neglected-brother-of-m82/ I have been battling the winter storms and full moon to re-shoot all the RGB for my M81 image.

The previous image had short 5 min subs from 2012/3 and I had to remove the RGB from the stars as I was processing the colour too hard to get the look I wanted. The red channel didn'r stand up at all well and there was no sign of the Ha rich knots in the spiral arms.

So after 2 months almost to the day since I started this years M81 I have finally finished with it. There is 8 hours of Lum in 10 min subs and 3 hours of each RGB also in 10 minute subs.

All imaged on my 6" RC and Atik 314l+, the wizardry was done in Pixinsight and CS5.

Thanks for looking :)

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Nice colour and detail. The core looks great - really smooth and controlled.

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Agreed. Sadly we see fewer and fewer images processed in this style but it is utterly beautiful, understated and full of finesse. It has all the detail with no need to shout. I really do admire this.

Olly

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A fantastic image one of the best I have seen of this galaxy well done

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