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Messier 63

Object Name: Messier 63, also known as NGC 5055
Object Type: Type Sb spiral galaxy
Constellation: Canes Venatici
Acquisition Date: April 23, 2019,  April 26, 2019,  May 3, 2019, and May 4, 2019
Location: Tierra del Sol, San Diego County, California
Equipment:
• Imaging Scope – Takahashi MT-160 with Takahashi 0.8x MT-200 reducer
• Imaging Camera – ZWO ASI1600MM-C with EFW2
• Filters – Baader 36mm unmounted red, green and blue filters
• Guiding – Borg 77ED with ZWO ASI120MM-S
• Mount – Astro-Physics 900GTO
Camera Control – Sequence Generator Pro
Guider control – PHD2
Acquisition Details:
• Imaging Camera – gain 76, offset 15 – cooled to -15
• Exposures – luminance 160 x 120 s, red – 44 x 240 s, green 44 x 240 s, blue – 44 x 240 s
Processing:
PixInsight and Photoshop CC were used to process the images.
• PixInsight –
⁃ Image calibration, alignment and integration
⁃ MultiscaleLinearTransform on luminance and RGB image for noise attenuation
⁃ HistogramTransformation for histogram adjustment
⁃ CurvesTransformation for color saturation boost
• Photoshop –
⁃ combined luminance and RGB frames for LRGB image, additional adjustments to histogram and color balance

A full frame reduced resolution image and a cropped full resolution image are posted below.  Click on either to see higher resolution versions.

 

 

Posted in CMOS Camera Image, Galaxies

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