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Contains:  M 81, Bode's nebulae, NGC 3031
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M81 - Bode's Nebula, 


            Joseph Becker
M81 - Bode's Nebula

M81 - Bode's Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 3000x2400

Dates:Jan. 14, 2016Feb. 10, 2016

Orion SkyGlow 2" Imaging Filter: 7x420" bin 1x1
Orion SkyGlow 2" Imaging Filter: 16x300" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 2.1 hours

Darks: ~6

Avg. Moon age: 3.40 days

Avg. Moon phase: 13.98%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00

Temperature: -6.70 job: 969478

RA center: 148.851 degrees

DEC center: 69.068 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.815 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -87.185 degrees

Field radius: 0.435 degrees

Locations: Pawnee National Grassland, Briggsdale, CO, United States


This was first light for my new Astro-Tech AT8RC, as well as my first time trying to process with PixInsight. 1st revision looks a little grainy for my taste but it was fun to experiment. I might try to reprocess with just my usual Photoshop workflow and see if it comes out better.

2nd revision... added some earlier data from a night where I forgot to adjust my CCD temperature to my usual -20C setting, but it did seem to help a bit.



Joseph Becker
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  • M81 - Bode's Nebula, 


            Joseph Becker
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    M81 - Bode's Nebula, 


            Joseph Becker

Sky plot

Sky plot


M81 - Bode's Nebula, 


            Joseph Becker