NGC4631 - Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici

Telescope: Takahashi FS-102 refractor @f/8
Camera: SBIG ST-402XE
Mount: Losmandy G11 w/Gemini
Guiding: STV w/200mm Takumar lens
Exposures: L: 24 @ 5 min. RGB: 8 @ 2.5 min.

Images were focused, captured, reduced and combined using CCDSoft. The LRGB composite image was created in Photoshop CS and was adjusted using Levels, Curves, and Unsharp Mask. Noise reduction was done by applying Guassian Blur through a channel mask.

Location: My backyard observatory in SE Minnesota. Temp: 45F.
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