After a very long bout of rain and clouds, we finally were blessed with a very nice night here in Woodinville. I started out going after several deep sky objects while the moon was below the horizon, but as it came up, I switched over to some brighter objects. An old favorite, M13 of course came to mind. I’ve imaged M13 many times over, but for whatever reason I never feel like they are come out as well as they ought to. Others imagers seem to find much more vibrant, colorful images — while mine have been dull and lusterless. However, that changed tonight!

This image was taken with the AT10RCF mounted on a CGE Pro — 3x 10 min exposures and the Orion Starshoot Pro v2 (color). Keep in mind, this is with the very small 7.4um pixels and no binning. Gently touched up in Nebulosity and guided with PHD Guiding running on an Orion 80ED. Differential flexture? I think not!

Messier 13, The Great Cluster in Hercules

Messier 13, The Great Cluster in Hercules

Like it? Share it!