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After a bit of a struggle, I've finally managed to produce an image from my efforts several nights ago...
I took 150 60" frames before the moon rose and tossed 15 due to tracking errors. The rest looked pretty good but I had trouble with my calibration frames...

I got that sorted and pre-processed this in APP and processed in StarTools. I'm pretty happy although I think this image would benefit from more time on target...

M97 (The Owl Nebula) and M108 (The Surfboard Galaxy).

Thanks for looking!

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very nice details there , thx .
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Thats a really nice image - perfect framing, nice detail in the galaxy and great colour in the owl.
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Awesome! Well done, Larry!
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Great work and composition. Stand out Owl.
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Excellent Larry!
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Congratulations Larry on having your image selected as todays TSS APOD!

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Congrats on winning the APOD Larry! Nice image. I enjoy viewing both of the objects in the same field of view with my 6" frac.
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Hello Larry. A very nice image of the Owl and the Surfboard Galaxy. Excellent color and details in your capture and processing. Thanks for sharing this with us Larry, and congratulations on winning the TSS APOD Award today.
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Thank you all!
I was pretty happy with it for only 2:15 integration time. Maybe I'll get to spend more time on it, but there are so many other cool targets out there!!!

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Such a pretty pair. Congrats on the APOD.
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Larry 1969 wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 11:12 pm Thank you all!
I was pretty happy with it for only 2:15 integration time. Maybe I'll get to spend more time on it, but there are so many other cool targets out there!!!

Larry
Yep. I've been known to forgo getting the 'perfect' inage so that I can get more images :)
And congrats on the TSS APOD - nice composition getting both in the same frame. Colors and details are great for such a short integration time.
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Love the framing and a fine job with processing the data. I may have to give them a try, haven't added a new Messier in a long time!

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