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M81 & M82 (from a very short session)

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The result of a quick data gathering session on Friday night - I knew the clouds would be in by 9pm and they made an appearance just after 8.30. I don't mind so much though when it's an accurate forecast!

It's 7 x 300s lights, 25 flats and 25 bias.

It's quite a major crop because I'm still getting nowhere with the slight tilt caused by the undercut on my Baader MkIII MPCC. I must get round to sourcing an extension tube.

Anyway, quite happy with it for just 35 minutes of data but I've possibly gone a bit over the top with saturation again?

Software used was the demo version of StarTools so this is a low resolution screen grab. It was finished in PS CS4 with a dose of HLVG and a bit more noise reduction.

Thanks for looking, all c&c very welcome.


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Nice image given the small amount of data - star and galaxy colour very good also, looks promising and I'd encourage you to add more data if possible.


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Thanks for the comments.

I'll be looking to add to it as soon as possible, I was also very pleased with the colour.

I also meant to post a screenshot of my guiding at the time, but forgot! I always seem to have terrible problems guiding to the North, especially low down and no matter how much I alter balance, so was very surprised as this was just about the smoothest I could achieve. It just goes to show that you don't necessarily need to pay too much attention to the graph, take a test shot and see!

(The graph is set to pixels by the way, so you can imagine what it looked like in arcseconds :eek: )


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