Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Leo (Leo)  ·  Contains:  M 95  ·  M 96  ·  NGC 3351  ·  NGC 3368
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M96 M95 Mosaic, 


M96 M95 Mosaic
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M96 M95 Mosaic

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron NexStar 8SE  ·  Celestron Reducer - Corrector Item # 94175

Imaging cameras: SBIG STT 8300M

Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding cameras: SBIG STT 8300M

Focal reducers: Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF

Software: PixInsight

Filters: Baader LRGB 1.25'' Filters

Dates:Jan. 6, 2014

Frames: 60x800" (13h 20')

Integration: 13h 20'

Avg. Moon age: 5.68 days

Avg. Moon phase: 32.25%

Astrometry.net job: 4084407

RA center: 10h 45' 23"

DEC center: +11° 45' 54"

Pixel scale: 7.164 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 10.005 degrees

Field radius: 0.657 degrees

Resolution: 620x226

Locations: Stanford Faculty Observatory (Bortle 6 SQM 18.6), Stanford, California, United States


The two are too far apart for one image for me, so I put them in a mosaic. I think they make a good comparison, but very difficult to get the right levels and color balance.

After consulting with pfile, eventually what I did was to use masked stretch to the same median values for both non-linear images and then do the merge on these stretched images. I could not get the background levels right using linear images. Unfortunately the color balance was off even though the median RGB values seemed very similar, Had to fix that as well as do the final rotation in Photoshop.



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