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M51 - Whirpool Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph

Imaging camera: Sony A7R2

Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding telescope or lens: 60mm Guidescope

Guiding camera: ZWO ASI120MM-S

Focal reducer: Baader MPCC mark III

Software: Adobe Photoship CCAdobe Lighroom CCPixInsight Core Ripley (x64)

Filter: Optolong CLS - CCD

Resolution: 2011x2514

Dates: May 17, 2017

Frames: Optolong CLS - CCD: 15x386" ISO2000 bin 1x1

Integration: 1.6 hours

Darks: ~15

Avg. Moon age: 20.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 69.67%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00 job: 1581835

RA center: 202.471 degrees

DEC center: 47.203 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.157 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -69.537 degrees

Field radius: 0.517 degrees

Locations: Liberty Mountain, Fairfield, PA, United States


I finally have my first semi presentable image of a DSO. I still have lots to learn with integration and editing.




Sky plot

Sky plot


M51 - Whirpool Galaxy, aryeh95