Astrophotography from Los Llanos de Aridane - Pinwheel Galaxy M101

Date2017/03/31
LocationLa Palma / Spain
ObjectPinwheel Galaxy M101
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescope8
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-10°C
Luminance10x 600s, bin: 1x1
Red8x 150s, bin: 2x2
Green8x 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue8x 150s, bin: 2x2
Dark2x
Flat10x
Total exposure~2h40m
End of February 2014 I already recorded M101 from Boeblingen near Stuttgart. The total exposure time was about 6 hours (!). This time I did a 2h40m exposure from Los Llanos de Aridane on La Plama with exactly the same equipment. This is the result. From my perspective the two pictures do not have a big difference despite the colour tone which of course depends on the post processing. However, it's interesting to compare the results with respect to their total exposure time: The image recorded from Boeblingen was exposed more than two times longer.
As a result of the long exposure time the stars are not as perfectly round as the ones with a shorter exposure time. Despite that I am happy to see what is still possible from a city like Boeblingen 🙂 Finally I combined both images to one final image by rotating one image until it matched exactly. Maybe I am wrong but I think in the end this combined image has a little more detail than each of the pictures alone. A full resolution image is available here.

Astrophotography - Having a look at the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)

Date2014/02/23
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectPinwheel Galaxy (M101)
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, DMK31AU03.AS via OAG
Telescope8" GSO Newtonian
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance12x 800s, bin: 1x1
Red9x 450s, bin: 2x2
Green9x 450s, bin: 2x2
Blue9x 450s, bin: 2x2
Dark10x
Flat10x
Total exposure~6h02min
There is also a full resolution image of M101 available. UPDATE: I finally decided to put this picture into My Top Astro-Pics gallery. Last updated: June 25, 2016 at 11:57 am