M101 Pinwheel Galaxy.....revisited 1 year on!



Over the weekend I have been further tweaking the new dome setup and alignment, and spent a couple of nights capturing M101 Pinwheel Galaxy.


There was still a fair bit of high haze, and in the end only kept 34 of the original over 100, 5 minute exposures.


A lot has progressed over the last year since I first captured M101, although still a long way to go, there is a definite improvement! Due to the 'you know what' over the last year, I have been away for extended rotations etc, so not been able to get a lot of scope time, by the time I get home, I'm tired and just want to veg on the sofa, so did skip over many good imaging nights.


Any way, so here are the two images for progress comparison;


34x 5 Minute Exposures on 29th/30th May2021, Edge 11, 0.7x (1960mm focal length) ASI2600 colour camera. CGX mount, Off Axis Guiding, ASI174mm mini guide camera.


And my attempt from May 2020, 8" Newtonian, Z50 camera;



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The main equipment I use is;

Celestron CGX mount

Celestron Edge 11

Celestron RASA 11

Celestron OAG

Celestron 0.7x focal reducer

Bresser 8" Newtonian

Bresser AR90s/500

ZWO ASI2600MC-P Colour camera

ZWO 60/280 guidescope

ZWO ASI120mm guide camera

ZWO ASI174mini guide camera


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