Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I can move the Earth

— Archimedes 200 BC

M81

M81 last night

M81 last night

Just checking out the new Tak-130. First image through it. Thirty minutes total exposure.

M81 first light

 M81  first light

This is a one hour image composite, 60 x 1 min exposures thru the new Astro-Tech 6" Ritchey Chretien telescope mounted on the Vixen GPD.  I expected more but when you go from 3" ED scope to a 6" RC detail needs longer exposures.  However I did an automatic processing in AIP for Windows and then experimented with additional processing manually.  I will need to get 3-5 hours exposure or more to get more detail.  And experiment with AIP. And I used a diagonal which is a boo boo !