M82
Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major

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Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory April 8 & 14, 2007
Temperature low 30'sF, Transparency - Very Good, Seeing - 4/5
Telescope TMB 130SS Refractor, F/7 on a Losmandy G11, Prime Focus, Image scale 1.68 arcsec/pixel
Camera SBIG ST-2000XM monochrome camera w/CFW8 filter wheel
Custom Scientific LRGB filters
Astronomik 13nm Ha filter CCD temp -20C
Exposure Times (Ha)5 X 15m & 4 X 30 min , (L) 18X5m, (R) 6X5m, (G) 6X5m, (B) 6X5m - All binned 1X1
Other Information Image acquisition and guiding - CCDSoft V5
Focus - Moonlite Motorfocus w/FocusMax
Image Processing * Images Plus 2.75 - Calibration, Grading, Alignment, Median Combine, mild DDP, 2 iterations of R/L deconvolution, RGB combine.
* Adobe CS - Ha blend into R channel, Lum blend, Levels, Curves, Masks, Sharpening, Cropping, JPEG conversion

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© 2007 Michael A. Siniscalchi