M81, M82 and IFN

This is 28 hrs and 20 mins total exposure time made up of 52x900s Lum, 14x600s Red, 18x600s Green, 15x600 Blue and 15 x 30min Ha.

All acquired between the clouds during Jan, Feb and April using an Atik 460 mono, Baader filters, Tak FSQ106 @ f5 on a 10u GM1000HPS mount. Software - SGPro (various 2.4 Betas) and PHD2.5.

The weather was monitored using an Aurora III Cloud Sensor with my own ASCOM driver and I managed to get a lot of sleep during most of the acquisition time away because I was trialing the SGP Notification Plug In and GNS - recommended!


WOW, a classic composition perfectly executed. I like a lot the colors!

Thanks for sharing it!


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So awesome! Thanks!

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Thanks for your great feedback guys - really pleased you like it.


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Very nice Steve

Thanks Kit!

Particularly impressed with the length of the luminance exposures - do you have fantastic skies or were you using any form of LP filter?

Hi Kit

I have fairly good skies and I also used a Hutech IDAS P2 LPF in series with the other filters.


Thanks Steve. Works very well !

Really awesome work Steve. Thanks for the plug :wink:

Nice one Steve, congratulations on the AN image.

Thanks Ken and Barry - and that image has just won today’s AAPOD too! Great father’s day present!