M106 in Canes Venatici

 

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Exposure Data: 4/17/2007.  C: 30x10m, RGB: 6 x 20m each, Ha: 24 x 20m. RGBHa binned 2x2. -15C, 0.55 arc-sec./pixel.
 
Processing: Acquired via CCDAutoPilot 3 and CCDSoft, reduced, aligned, debloom, Poisson reject and combined in CCDStack, curves, levels, Curvemeister, GEM Pro plug-ins and other processing in Photoshop.
 
Optical System: 14.5 Ritchey-Chretien @ F/9 w/FFC, IMG6303E/CFW-7 CCD camera, AstroDon filters, Paramount ME, dithered 3 pixels, off-axis guided with ST-402ME.
 
Comments: Combined clear FWHM was 1.8 arc-sec. without deconvolution.  Monochrome version is here.  Thanks to Johannes Schedler for outstanding post processing of the color images.