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Mr_42tr0nomy

The Needle Galaxy - The Star of a New Project

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Greetings!

I wanted to share the start of my new project, The Needle Galaxy! This galaxy is one that has always interested me but I've always been invested in other projects so I have never actually gotten the chance to image it. . This is much larger than I was expecting. It really makes me want to get a new focuser for my RC and see what kind of detail I can bring out at at 1600mm FL.

I plan on collecting 20hrs of luminance data and about 3 hrs each of RGB data totally 26-29hrs total.

Equipment:
Cem60
asi1600-mm
10" f/3.9 Newtonian
Astrodon Lum
600s exposures gain 0 offset 10

 

Needle Galaxy quattro lum stack crop.jpg

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Its a wonderful image and one on my list to do like many in Coma Berenices. 

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Lovely detail!! 👍

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A great image. I have lovely memories of finding and observing that galaxy.

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A very nice start already. With 20 hrs of luminance, I think you'll appreciate the background you get with your 1 m fl Newt.

Good luck with your project, and CS.

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