5/15/2020 M51

15 May 2020

After having some trouble with internal reflections when using the Hutech IDAS light pollution filter in combination with LRGB filters last year, I have started imaging galaxies without it. This capture of M51 was my first project of the season, captured with only LRGB filters in place.

M51 is an interacting spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici.

The above was imaged with approximately 30 subs for each L,R,G,B filter. The exposures were limited to 5 minutes each due to concerns that the sensor would saturate on light pollution. Now that I see that this is not a problem I plan to use 10 minute exposures for my next galaxy project.