M97 and M108

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Imaging automated by CCD Commander

Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  CRGB - 36x900s:12x900s:11x900s:12x900s
    • All exposures binned 1x1
  • Telescope:  TMB152
  • Mount:  Paramount ME
  • Camera:  SBIG STL-6303 CCD, AstroDon E-Series TruBalance Filters
  • Location:  JMSM Observatory, New Mexico (Owned by Mike Sherick)
  • Date/Time: 
    • Clear: February 7/8, 2008, 18:58-05:12 MST
    • RGB: February 10/11, 2008, 18:59-05:19 MST
  • Processing: Taken  in MaxIM/DL v4 using CCD Commander.  Reduced, aligned, combined sub-exposures, and RGB combine in CCDStack. Color balancing, Lab LRGB combine, contrast adjustment, USM, saturation adjustment, Shadows/Highlights, and minor Noise Ninja in Photoshop.
  • Names: The Owl Nebula/M97 (nebula), M108 (large galaxy), plus many others
  • Types:  Planetary Nebula, Spiral Galaxy
  • Constellation:  Ursa Major
  • Distance:
    • M97: 2600 light years
    • M108: 45 million light years

  • More information in my blog entry here.
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