Astrophotography Galaxy

Astrophoto: Bode’s Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy – Messier 81 and Messier 82 – 03/22

The 2024 workflow on the nicely framed Bodes-, Cigar- and Garland-Galaxy picture from 2022. The details are much clearer, especially on the Cigar Galaxy.

The three galaxies Bode’s Galaxy, Cigargalaxy and the Garland Galaxy. The frames were shot with an EOS M100(a) at a 600mm refractor telescope. The 3rd evening with a clear sky in only one week …

High resolution on Flickr:

Messier 81, Messier 82 and NGC 3077

Workflow 2022 vs. 2024

The side by side comparison of both registered pictures.

Technical overview

TelescopeVIXEN ED80sf
Focal Length600mm
Aperture ratio7.5
Erecting LenseTSFlat2
FilterOptolong UV/IR Cut
MountSkywatcher HEQ-5
Mount ControlINDI
Guiding Scope Focal Length162 mm
Guiding Camera Chip4.8mm x 3.6mm, 8bit
Guiding Camera Resolution1280×960
Guiding SoftwareEKOS, INDI
Dithering3 pixel
CameraCANON EOS M100(a)
Methodfocal projection
Camera ControlEKOS, INDI, Gphoto2
Photography Date03/27/2022
Exposure-Time Lights22x300s
Correction framesFLATS, BIASES
SensitivityISO 400
Post Processing Date03/28/2022
Reprocessing Date01/03/2024
Stacking, IntegrationPixInsight
Post Processing SoftwarePixInsight
Image EditingAffinity Photo
Reprocessing SoftwarePixInsight
Capture PlaceKoblenz, Germany
LightpollutionBortle 5
Scattered lightstrong

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