M95 in Leo
Here we have a look at M95, even on a 14.5" scope this is quite a small (barred spiral) galaxy ~38Mly away. Despite the challenge, I think it is a nice example of a SB(r)b galaxy and some nice details are showing.
In order to realise the detail and keep to a decent size image I had to first ensure the scale of the image was sufficient to work out through drizzling all the data. Once complete I was able gently, through many iterations release the detail that was present. This is certainly a good example of many smaller iterations of process applications having more impact than a few larger ones. Hope you enjoy.
For the pixel peepers out there is a strange blue star towards the bottom of the image - I wondered what I had done wrong . Having reviewed this is actually correct and not an aberration, It is SDSS J104429.50+113042.0 an RR lyrae variable star - the SDSS data shows this to be the correct colour.......
Imaging telescope or lens: RCOS 14.5"
Imaging camera: SBIG STX KAF-16803
Filters: Astrodon Red, Astrodon Green, Astrodon Blue, Astrodon Luminance
Dates: Jan. 14, 2018, Jan. 15, 2018, Jan. 17, 2018, Jan. 24, 2018
Astrodon Blue: 17x1200" bin 1x1
Astrodon Green: 16x1200" bin 1x1
Astrodon Luminance: 20x1200" bin 1x1
Astrodon Red: 18x1200" bin 1x1
Integration: 23.7 hours
Locations: Deep Sky West Remote Observatory (DSW), Rowe, New Mexico, United States