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m81 Bode's galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
~11.8 million light years distant
Taken on 2/28, 3/6 and 3/8/2011.
Combination of 120 sec and 180 sec exposures stacked in DSS for a total integration time of 6 hours and 32 min.
Astro-Tech 6" Richey-Chretien
Orion 80mm guide scope with SSAG
Canon T1i (Unmodded)
CG-5 mount (Hyper-tuned)

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Albums: Galaxies


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Comment by John Eckert on May 12, 2011 at 10:16pm
That is one outstanding image. Wow!
Comment by Luc Delisle on May 10, 2011 at 1:48pm
A lot of work(6 hours): a lot of result, very nice !!!
Comment by Marc Basti on May 9, 2011 at 3:58pm
Steve, deserved. Marc
Comment by spike77 on May 9, 2011 at 3:37pm
hey thats what its all about man it is an awesome site not like others where everyone is all stuck up and snobby all these guys here are grade a dudes hey congrads on ur spot big guy it is an awesome image i love it keep em comeing
Comment by Charles Dunlop on May 9, 2011 at 3:24pm
Thanks Steve, but you still aren't getting my last bud light buddy... lol. you know, me too, I've learned so much from this site in the past few months it's amazing. Pretty cool format.
Comment by Steve Coates on May 9, 2011 at 2:49pm
Geeze featured photo, thanks to all for looking. There is so much we all learn from one another in this hobby. This website has been great. It is super laid back and friendly. I feel that I've "wasted" some members time when posting questions to OTHER forums. That is certainly not the case here. One can learn the absolute basics to more sophisticated techniques, all from this site. It's all here, from a cell phone cam held up to an eyepiece to a 12 inch RCT and it's all good.
Comment by Patrick Forster on May 8, 2011 at 8:56pm
Wow..very nice!
Comment by Steve Coates on May 3, 2011 at 3:43am
Thanks again. I've been pulling up past images and reprocessing them. I finally found a way to smooth out the background so they don't look as "grainy". Capturing the photons IS just one part of this whole deal. I think I spend more time in processing than anything else.
Comment by Trevor Woodrow on May 1, 2011 at 12:22am
Wow, dunno how I missed this one Steve. Incredible detail!
Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on April 30, 2011 at 1:10am
Great job on a tough target. Very aesthetic.

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