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M106 - Luminance


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Hi all

It was clear last night and a crescent moon was slowly descending into the west so I thought I would try and get some luminance data on M106. I stuck with the luminance filter for the night and managed to get 65x5 minutes. When the weather coincides with my next nights off I will add the colour data. It was taken with an FSQ106ED at f5, Starlight Xpress SXVF H9 on a Paramount ME with guiding taken care of by a lodestar and OAG combination using dithering.

I tried this subject a couple of years ago with the TMB115 f7 and H36 combination and this can be seen on the galaxies page of the image gallery of my website Imaging The Heavens - Home Page for comparison.

The full size high resolution version can be found at M106 - Luminance photo - Gordon Haynes photos at pbase.com

This was fully calibrated with darks and dark subtracted flats and the large number of sub frames made it easier to process apart from taming the core which was quite bright. I may consider adding Ha to this as well but I'm not sure how much is present and whether it will be worth an extra evening of imaging, suggestions would be welcome

Thanks for looking

Best wishes



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