This face on spiral galaxy in Ursa Major lies only a few degrees from the handle of the Big Dipper asterism, and is so large it fills the field of the CCD. A yellow core of population 1 stars, is surrounded by the blue population 2 arms, dotted with hundreds of pink hydrogen clouds recorded here as pink. Reprocessing older images with new techniques is common with the digital darkroom. Here I have achieved what I belive to be better color balance, and a sharper image with more fine detail.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian CCD Camera: SBIG ST7E Exposure: LRGB = 130:20:20:40 (RGB Binned 2x2) Filters: RGB Tricolor Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 50 F CCD Temperature: -20 F Processing: Maxim DL, Photoshop, PW Pro