M2

Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:33:12 PM UTC

Property Value
Subframes 1
Telescope Meade LX200 Classic 8" F/10 203mm f/10
Imager ZWO ASI120MM
Eyepiece Meade F/6.3 Focal Reducer 0.63x
Processing Software AstroArt 5
Plate Solve Status
Original image dimensions 0 W 0 H
Solved image center point 0h0m0.00s 0°0'0.00"

M2 is one of my favorite globs, and I'm really pleased with how this highly experimental image turned out.  This is my first try at "lucky" imaging and also the first proper use of the LRGB filter set I've recently aquired.  300 2-second images for each channel, combined and gently streched in AstroArt.

I'm really amazed how many stars came out - 2 second images showed only the barest glimpse of all but the core of the cluster.  Guiding was slightly problematic and there were some cloud breaks in the imaging run, but I think it's safe to say that lucky imaging is a really useful technique.  The sharpness could be a tiny bit better, but all things considered I think it turned out nicely!