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M106 Galaxy in Canes Venatici (14 April 2021)
 

M106 Galaxy in Canes Venatici (14 April 2021)


ChrisH
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This is my entry for April's competition. It is of M106 (aka NGC 4258) and other nearby galaxies. I collected all the data from my backgarden in Loughborough (East Midlands, UK) on the night of 14 April 2021. Full details below.

 

Frames

  • 80× 300-s light frames (Gain 900)
  • 6 h 40 min total exposure time
  • Full use of calibration frames (darks, flats and dark flats)

 

Equipment

  • Explore Scientific ED 102 mm Apo f/7 refractor
  • Sky-Watcher EQ6-R PRO SynScan GOTO equatorial mount
  • Altair Hypercam 294C PRO colour fan-cooled camera
  • Altair quad-band one-shot colour (OSC) 2″ filter
  • Revelation Adjustable Field Flattener
  • Altair 60mm guide scope
  • Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 mono guide camera

 

Software

  • Sharpcap
  • PHD2
  • DeepSkyStacker
  • Photoshop
  • Gradient XTerminator
  • Like 4

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