30/03/12: Imaging session review

March 30, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

The weather has been fantastic this week and I was able to take a few images. Obviously with the clocks going forward this has meant some later nights and consequently some difficult mornings!

The latest additions to the site have been monochrome inages of the Whirlpool Galaxy M51 and the large spiral galaxy M106. The seeing wasn't too bad and I was really pleased with the resultant images. There is a clear improvement over my DSLR image of M51 and the image shows significantly more detail within the spiral arms.

I've always liked being able to detect faint background galaxies in my images and the latest two are no exception! The M106 image is full of them, with several fantastic spirals; one with a clear dust lane. Hopefully at some point I'll add the RGB data to produce colour versions but I'm pleased with these for now.

The moon is now high in the sky that will obviously make imaging a little difficult for a couple of weeks, but the next targets will most likely be in Virgo....


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