M51 Whirlpool Galaxy


Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Celestron c11 sct, skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik LRGB filter set.

Back onto LRGB imaging. I bit daunting at first but starting to get reasonable results.

Lots of cables but some cable wraps keeps it all neat and tidy.

Telescope at F10 so no refocusing needed between filter changes.

Atik 383L+ is power hungry so I have it on its own mains power socket. Motorised filter wheel works a treat so I can have unattended operation.

Imaging a galaxy that I have done before with a DSLR so I can directly compare the results.

17 Luminace 1×1 binning, 5 RGB 2×2 binning light frames. 25 dark, bias and flats. Deep sky Stacker, StarTools & Paintshop Pro X5.