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Messier M51 WIP No Darks Bias or Flats

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I have been trying as I might to get some good lights of M51 over the last few months but the clouds only clear when its a full moon :(

I managed to get two 600s images last night with no moon :D but then high cloud appeared and although I could see the stars, my camera picked up the haze of clouds.

Anyhow, here is a quick process of my lights ( 300s x 15 and 600s x15 ). Not cropped...look closely and you can see the stacking ;)

Hope you like.

 

Taken with C11 at f/10 using ATIK4120EX OSC on a Mesu 200 mount. Over the last few months of 2017.

M51 complete without BDF Best 270417 1850.jpg

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That's a great image scale.  I have not yet tried F10--I am a wimp for F7.  I hate I clouds!

Rodd

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Thanks Rodd,

I did take a image of M51 using the focal reducer at f/6.3 a while back but my wife wanted me to crop it for a picture to frame :o

So, I'm doing it again at f/10. lol

I have a feeling though that, in my mind, it will never be finished. I will never be happy with the image, always wanting more data.

And yes, the clouds just get in the way ....all the time.

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