Barry Etter, Mocksville, NC: Blog http://barryetter.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Barry Etter, Mocksville, NC email@barryetter.com (Barry Etter, Mocksville, NC) Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:24:00 GMT Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:24:00 GMT http://barryetter.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u200284999-o583259491-50.jpg Barry Etter, Mocksville, NC: Blog http://barryetter.zenfolio.com/blog 120 81 First Light with the SBIG ST-8300M http://barryetter.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/first-light-with-the-sbig-st-8300m I finally had clear weather after receiving the SBIG ST-8300M CCD camera. My target was the Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, because it's bright and in a good location this time of year.


M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

Coming from a Canon DSLR background, I was afraid of what I'd get into with mono CCD imaging. This means that in order to get a full-color image, you have to take pictures in Red, Green and Blue, and then combine them together. It sounds like a lot of work, and it is. But the results are better than what you'd get with a one-shot color (OSC) camera like a DSLR.

In this image, I framed the galaxy with a little magnitude 7 star to the left. But what I really like about this image is the cluster of far-off galaxies below and to the left of the bright star. Thus, we have three layers of depth - foreground stars all in our own Milky Way galaxy, then M51 (a nearby galaxy), and finally very far off galaxies that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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