|| M106 RA 12:19.0 Dec +47:18
||3 hours (60 X 3 minutes)
||Canon 60Da DSLR
||Prime focus of a 200mm SkyWatcher f/5 Newtonian
reflector with a Televu Paracor for a total focal length of
St. Croix, Nova Scotia
||This image was processed entirely in Images Plus.
and stacking done with the automated image
set processing without dark frames. Masked arcsin stretch was used as
the initial stretch. Feature mask was used to split the stars and the
galaxy and one
iteration of SMI processing was used to bring up the faint detail in
the galaxy. A mask was used with a curves adjustment to enhance the
faint outer arms. Masked noise reduction used on the faint areas.
Sharpening and contrast
enhancement applied then the image was binned and a masked
star reduction applied. Finally when the image was reduced to 8 bit
colour, noise blobs were brought out in the background. These blobs
were fixed using a layered combine technique.