M95 and M96 in Leo


Scope: Megrez II f/3.1; Location: Dos Picos Park - Ramona, CA; 1 Apr. 2005; Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 28 x 24 sec Luminance exposure with IR Block Filter; 12 x 32 sec RGB 

Processing: Images were captured in K3CCDTools 2. Aligned/stacked in Registax 3 and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in IRIS. Channels were co-registered in IRIS.   LRGB Channels were resized to 800x600 prior to LRGB combine. Luminance and Color FITS were combined in Photoshop with Luminance Layering. Color balancing and final touches in Photoshop (including background noise subtraction and blue halo reduction). SGBNR  (PixInsight LE) was used to smooth remaining background noise on the luminance channel and the final result. Final size  approximately 800x600.

This image was a guided image. North is up.  It is a wide field image that shows little in the way of object detail, but it shows these objects in relation to each other and the surrounding star field. These well known objects are in the constellation of Leo. M96 is the object on the left; M95 is on the right. Horizontal FOV is about 63'

Image Center is approximately Equatorial 2000: RA: 10h 45m 20s Dec: +1146'02"


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