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    Default M81 and M82 Last Night



    Late in the day the forecast finally called for clear skies overnight so I went up on a ridge about 1/2 hour from my house to image. The location is a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook with the Appalachian Trail running right past. There was a young couple camping there who were doing the entire trail, which is about 2200 miles long running from Georgia to Maine.

    I got set up and had forgotten my jacket, and it typically does get rather cool at night up there. Luckily I had pillows, a sleeping bag and a sleeping mat. Light breeze blowing in from the east so I used by SUV to block it. Once imaging I laid down and tried to get a little sleep, and noticed that the wind had picked up quite a bit and was now coming in from the west, so I had to move vehicle to a better spot. The wind was to the point now that my guiding profile looked pretty compromised so I was surprised the image turned out as well as it did.


    I did 1/2 hour each of rgb at 3 minutes per exposure and I think about 65 two minute exposures of lum. I had planned on going to 100 but the wind and my guiding profile made me cut it off early.


    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X6u...ew?usp=sharing

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    Default Re: M81 and M82 Last Night

    A nice image Jeff!
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    Nice work Jeff!
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    Very nice, Jeff!
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    Default Re: M81 and M82 Last Night

    Amazing what a person can forget to bring on the dark site trips. You got a great capture of those galaxies all the same.

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    nice colors and details!
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    Awesome! Well done, Jeff!
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    Hi Jeff. A beautiful pair of galaxies in your capture on the Google site. Nice spiral arms in M81 and you caught the central dust lane in M82 (Cigar Galaxy). This is very nice work Jeff, and thanks for sharing this image with us on here.
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    Nicely done Jeff. You overcame the wind. Great composition.
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    Another great image for me to enjoy with my breakfast. Its great all you guys are working so hard . Thanks for sharing it with us . Phill
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