K3's Astronomy - Deep Sky
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place, what is Man that You are mindful of him?" -- Psalm 8:3,4

M96 - The Galaxy in Leo

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M96 - The Galaxy in Leo, 20.04.2003 (21:42 - 22:08 UT)
Resolution: 3.14 arcsec/pixel
Camera: Vesta 675SC2 + 0.6FR
Telescope: 8" F6 Orion Europa Newtonian
Result focal ratio: F3.6
Exposure: 60x25s (gain 100%), AMP OFF, 10xDF
Temperature: 8.5C

M96 is about 38 million ly far away. Its relative brightness is 9.2mag.
With GP-DX mount all 60 captured frames were perfect (no lost frames because of periodic error).

1, Captured AVI was processed by AVIDark from Jon Grove
2, 60 frames summed in K3CCDTools
3, Histogram stretching and gamma 2.00 in K3CCDTools
4, Result saved to PNG
5, Copy of result image processed in Maxim DL Demo (flatten background)
6, The results 4, and 5, stacked in K3CCDTools
7, Noise reduction by Neat Image
8, Histogram stretching in Corel PhotoPaint

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Last Update: 21.04.2003