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M 100 and Friends

M 100 and friends

April 23rd, 2018

M 100 is a small but bright spiral galaxy in the Virgo cluster. It isn’t imaged as often as it should be and I was surprised to see how bright it was. I even managed to capture a bit of the tidal stream surrounding the galaxy. Also in the frame are the edge on spiral galaxy NGC 4312 (left of center) and many other galaxies that are part of the Virgo supercluster.

Captured on: April 19th, 2018

Gear:
AT6RC, 1370mm @ F/9
ZWO ASI 1600mm-C
ZWO EFW-8
ZWO filters
Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro
Orion SSAG

Acquisition:

Luminance: Astronomik CLS filter(1.25″), 90x120s, -15C, 1×1 bin, Unity Gain
Red: ZWO Red filter(1.25″), 40x60s, -15C, 1×1 bin, Unity Gain
Green: ZWO Green filter(1.25″), 40x60s, -15C, 1×1 bin, Unity Gain
Blue: ZWO Blue filter(1.25″), 40x60s, -15C, 1×1 bin, Unity Gain

Total Acquisition of 5hrs

Software:
PS, DSS, PHD2, SGP, EQMOD

Thanks for looking!