Hickson 44 or the Leo Quartet

A small group of 4 galaxies in Leo, with peculiar shapes. Test picture with the C11, Essatto and ASI2600mc. I still got mirror drift so egg shaped stars unfortunately. But it gives an impression of possibilities.

C11 F7 Starizona ASI2600MC EQ8 115x120s G0 Hickson 44 March 30, 31 and Apr 1 2021

M109, C11 @ F7.2 & Nikon D750

M109 is located very very close to Phecda, one of the stars in Ursa Major’s bowl. In fact the star caused reflections in this image. About 4 hours of data, 115x 120″ on ISO800. Guiding was done through OAG. Manual focus corrections.

The images were obtained using Sequence Generator Pro, and saved in TIF. This creates B/W images. To get your color back they need to be debayered. This can be done in AstroPixelProcessor by checking “Force CFA” in the menu 0/RAW/FITS

M109: an image, despite all issues

An image of the surprisingly nice galaxy M109, located near Phecda, one of the bright stars of the Ursa Major’s bowl. Imaging was done with the C11, using the Starizona F 7.2 reducer, and the Nikon D750. Unfortunately, the image format setting in SGP was set to “FITS”. That resulted in strange, Black/White images with lots of problems! I could salvage the 27×300″ images a bit but the end result is a bit disappointing, it’s not a color version to start with. ..