M106 and Hercules cluster

Previously I had taken a few images of M106 and the Hercules cluster, but not had a chance to work on them. As part of the trial of Pixinsight, I decided to dig these out to work on while I learnt about the software. After working on them for a few days, trying out the various tools in Pixinsight, I have finally arrived at my final images.

M106
M106
Hercules cluster
Hercules cluster

What the process has taught me is that I have probably reached the limits of my imaging equipment (Olympus E-PL5 ISO 3200 8 min subs for M106 and 30 sec subs for the Hercules cluster, using Astrotech 8″ Ritchey-Chretien telescope) in terms of light grabbing capability. I can’t wait to be able to start imaging with my new telescope the Orion Optics VX12 12″ F4 ¬†Newtonian, as that will grab twice as much light as my 8″ scope, which should allow me to grab more light and shoot 4 minute subs at lower ISO such as 1600 to reduce the background noise.

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