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M51, six hours total integration time LRGB.

Due to the very poor weather and work commitments it took nearly two months to accumulate the data.

Poor seeing and guiding problems nonwithstanding this was about the best I could do. 


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That's a lovely image. I know it's busy bit of sky and because I've not a clear night for weeks I decided to plate solve your image in ASTAP. This is what Hyperleda found. It seems that you got some pixels for ever single object!!

That is a lovely and a busy image :)


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I routinely plate solve my images it's amazing all the "small" (I should say background) stuff that turns up.

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Nice one Hals, I'm hoping to get a last session on M51 before the summer here

Last time was Saudi, TS 70mm photoline doublet so I'm cropped in here



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