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First M51 - can anyone improve?

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Managed to get a little bit done on Saturday night before clouds rolled in and ruined everything. Looks like I’ve got the alignment issues sorted though so that’s a plus, and my new mini bahtinov worked well too.  Image is fairly unspectacular, needed more subs and definitely would have benefitted from flats. But... onwards and upwards!

opinions / criticisms welcome - I’ve included the tiff in case anyone wants to prove / disprove whether I’ve done ok with average data or whether I’ve messed up royally!

DSS and Lightroom. 

canon Eos 1300d

75-300 @300mm

20x100 lights

20x100 darks

cropped by about 2/3


dss output.TIF

Edited by Mr niall
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7 minutes ago, SteveNickolls said:


Here's a much cropped area of the original using StarTools.



Wow that’s fab - I tried startools, seemed to keep going wrong / crashing my computer!

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Cropped and then processed in Pixinsight.

Stars pretty round.

M51 is a very small target for your kit this is a very severe crop.




Edited by wornish
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