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The Sunflower Galaxy - first light, new obsy

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I can't quite believe this but, having checked, the last image I posted was in 2014!! Anyway, I spent most of 2017 building my observatory (thread here) having moved house, so finally I have been able to start using it.

This is also my first LRGB image, so combining that inexperience with at least 3 years of cobwebs made this a bit of a struggle to process. I haven't done anything special - just curves and a star mask in Photoshop. Any C&C welcome.

No tidal streams here - I thought about trying to go a bit deeper, but decided to hold back on the ambition since it's been a while :) Maybe I'll return to it later in the season once the moon has gone away. It could also do with some more RGB data.

M63

L: 27x600s
RGB: 3x600s each
Atik 460ex
MN190

Thanks for looking!

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Very nice - I like the FOV as well, always like to see a galaxy in context of the stars around it like that.

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Well that's quite a return after nearly 4 years off! Maybe it could handle a tiny sharpen on the core of the galaxy, but I'm splitting hairs here! Splendid!

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Very nice Lewis, especially with only 1800s each in RGB.  

Also had a look at the updated obsy thread and really impressed.  You've done a great job and must be well pleased.  

Enjoy your new home and keep up posting images like this.

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Lovely Image! You new observatory looks great also, no jealousy from me at all...........

Look forward to your images in the future :) 

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That's great. Very natural and hugely attractive.

I rather regret my obsession with the tidal streams because they tend to derange the rest of the target!

Olly

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This is a great return image! The colours are subtle and natural - There's really nothing to not like about this image :) 

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1 hour ago, RayD said:

Enjoy your new home and keep up posting images like this.

Thank you - I will try. It's certainly easier to set up and (perhaps more importantly) pack up when tired! I'm not put off by a patchy forecast any more :)

36 minutes ago, ollypenrice said:

That's great. Very natural and hugely attractive.

I rather regret my obsession with the tidal streams because they tend to derange the rest of the target!

Thank you. I have noticed that, although very spectacular, sometimes the shape of the galaxy can become a little lost in it all. I will try for them in the future though!

18 minutes ago, swag72 said:

This is a great return image! The colours are subtle and natural - There's really nothing to not like about this image

Much appreciated - thank you!

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You really made that galaxy shine! Very nice comeback indeed!

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Very good M63 given the scarce RGB data and your cobwebs, heck it's a very good M63 given any conditions!

Welcome back!

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Beautiful. So much detail it looks like you could fall into it.

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very nice indeed as has bean said whats not to like :thumbright:

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Thanks very much all! I think I'll resist posting a closer crop until I'm happier with the colour data (i.e. have gathered more).

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