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Contains:  M 101, NGC 5457
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Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) in LRGB, 


Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) in LRGB
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Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) in LRGB

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 8" EdgeHD

Imaging cameras: QSI 660 WSG

Mounts: G-11

Guiding cameras: Lodestar X2

Focal reducers: Celestron 0.7X

Software: Photoshop CS3  ·  PixInsight 1.8  ·  PHD Guiding 2  ·  Astronomy Tools Actions Set V1.6  ·  Maxim DL6  ·  Neat Image V7  ·  Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

Filters: Astrodon 1.25" L  ·  Astrodon 1.25" R  ·  Astrodon 1.25" B  ·  Astrodon 1.25" G

Accessory: Starizona MicroTouch Autofocuser  ·  Bahtinov Mask

Dates:Jan. 30, 2016Feb. 2, 2016Feb. 3, 2016

Astrodon 1.25" B: 12x900" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" G: 12x900" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" L: 74x600" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" R: 12x900" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 21.3 hours

Darks: ~40

Flats: ~80

Flat darks: ~80

Bias: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 22.79 days

Avg. Moon phase: 43.38% job: 959352

RA center: 14h 3' 11"

DEC center: +54° 21' 10"

Pixel scale: 0.637 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 84.988 degrees

Field radius: 0.297 degrees

Resolution: 2646x2064

Locations: Home, Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States


Was able to get lots of time due to clear nights and ability to track from 11 PM to 6 AM with no meridian flip or mount collision!



License: None (All rights reserved)


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    Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) in LRGB, 



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Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) in LRGB,