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Contains:  M 96, NGC 3368, M 95, NGC 3351
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M95 and M96, 


M95 and M96

M95 and M96

Technical card

Resolution: 4985x3988

Dates:March 4, 2017March 7, 2017March 13, 2017

Baader Planetarium B 1.25": 25x300" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium G 1.25": 22x300" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium L 1.25": 67x300" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium R 1.25": 24x300" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 11.5 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 10.49 days

Avg. Moon phase: 70.02%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00 job: 1984371

RA center: 161.321 degrees

DEC center: 11.761 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.800 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 350.344 degrees

Field radius: 0.709 degrees

Data source: Backyard


This was a surprising salvage project. I was about to capture data on these and suddenly remembered that I had before but couldn't think of why I hadn't finished processing it. Turns out I had a compete set of data from this time last year where half of the subs were rotated about 90 degrees from the rest due to my camera slipping on the threads. That, and the red channel data was total garbage. I'd resigned myself to collecting all new data - couldn't process it without calibration problems, rotation artifacts, and halos. With all the cloudy skies lately I decided to take another whack at it with some new tools in my toolbox since last year. This was a long process with lots of PS wizardry, but fun, and I'm happy with the detail in the galaxies despite the data issues and mediocre seeing conditions. I was hoping to pull out more color but these are tough buggers to saturate. Beautiful structure in these, a marvelous pair, and some background goodies too!



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