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Here's a start then. 14/110!

Is it possible to start a seperate gallery just for my Messier Images? Or do I post them here?

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Graeme1858 wrote:
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Here's a start then. 14/110!

Is it possible to start a seperate gallery just for my Messier Images? Or do I post them here?

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You can start a new album on your profile page, or you can post them here to this thread, or both. Your pleasure, Graeme. :)
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Here's the first batch then:

https://theskysearchers.com/app.php/gallery/album/188

The log says 14 but there's only 13 images because M51 wasn't too successful. I'll have another go when the sky clears.

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Looking good, Graeme! :)
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M51 image attempt now added.
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Update to add M78 image.
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12/01/20 update:

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Added some more whilst waiting for the December target to rise.
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31/110 @ 12/03/20.

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One of the Messier objects added to the list above was M46. It was pleasing to catch the Planetary Nebula NGC2438 in the image. I saw it whilst capturing and had to do a search to find out what it was! It would make a good target for the 9.25 when I get it back.

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Captured M53, M81, M82, M101 and M106 tonight on the 80mm guide scope.

36/110

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Trying to get C49 for the March competition now!

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Geez, you're cookin'. Nice shots!
The lamp once out
Cool stars enter
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Thanks Pakarinen

I've still not processed them all yet! I did them the same exposure and iso so as to use the same darks and bias.

Here's M81 and two of his mates:


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The quality is not 100% using the 80mm guide scope but it's the first time I've captured three galaxies in one image!

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M101 through the 80mm:

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Graeme1858 wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:47 am
31/110 @ 12/03/20.
Graeme1858 wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:49 pm
Captured M53, M81, M82, M101 and M106 tonight on the 80mm guide scope.
36/110

I've just got round to processing the 12/03/20 captures. It would seem that something went wrong on the night because my M47 image turned out to be M46! So my total is 35/110 not 36!

Might get some more tonight. The 9.25 is back and the sky will be clear.

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Here's the updated log:
Messier List Viewing Log - 160320.pdf

And these are the images not yet in the Gallery or posted above:


M2 - Globular Cluster
M2_Single__0012_ISO1600_30s__36C-s.png

M15 - Globular Cluster
M15_Single__0025_ISO3200_40s__19C-s.png

M30 - Globular Cluster
M30_Single__0014_ISO1600_30s__34C-s.png

M34 - Open Cluster
M34_Single__0024_ISO3200_40s__21C-s.png

M45 - Open Cluster - I posted this somewhere else on the forum too!
M45-Autosave-s.png

M72 - Globular Cluster
M72_Single__0018_ISO3200_30s__36C-s.png

M103 - Open Cluster
M103_Single__0021_ISO6400_30s__27C-s.png

I have the 9.25 back now and the sky is clear tonight so I should be able to get a few more!


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Hey Graeme,

What's your count up to? I think you are close to a new badge!

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JayTee wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:08 pm
Hey Graeme,

What's your count up to? I think you are close to a new badge!

Cheers,
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35/110 as of last post, close but no cigar!

40/110 as of next post, woo hoo!

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41/110 - 24/03/20
Messier List Viewing Log - 240320.pdf

A quick grab of photons might be ok for the winter globular clusters and open clusters but even a 300 second exposure at 3200 iso is too faint and noisy for anything but a dim indication for these spring galaxies! Going to have to spend more time on each of these as the list progresses! Shame this batch all had a dust blob in the same place on each one!

M47 - M47 is a bit too large and spread out for the 600D FOV
M47-Autosave-s.png

M63 - Bright core, visible outer core and some fuzzy faintness in an elliptical surround. Still too noisy 20 x 280 seconds lights at 3200iso. Going to have to try longer exposures at lower iso for these spring galaxies.
M63-Autosave-s.png

M65 - Another faint fuzzy at 300 seconds but a nice bright core and a hint of spiral arms.
M65-Autosave-s.png

M66 - All looking good with some faint spiral arms visible but then I lost the guiding half way into the first capture. Just spotted a stacking artifact that needs sorting on this one.
M66-Autosave-s.png

M97 - Well pleased to see a faint smudge on the screen as soon as the telescope stopped moving. I used the APT aim function to center the target and set the guiding going. Just captured a couple of 500 second images. The Owl face has a lovely hue, definitely coming back to this one another night.
M97-Autosave-s.png

M109 - Some nice spiral structure visible
M109-Autosave-s.png
Thanks for looking.

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Hi Graeme,

Congrats on the new flair, well-earned.

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Very nice images Graeme!

I would be proud of a set like this!

Congratulation on the M40 photo award!
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