Image taken April 2010, at Clayton Bay, South Australia

Equipment - GSO 8" RC, Takahashi flattener with QSI583 WSG

Guiding - Orion Star Shoot autoguider on OAG and Takahashi EM400 mount.

LRGB 180 120 140 170

Darks, flats and biases applied

Processed in CCDstack and Photoshop CS3

Notes -I would like to add some Ha to this image just to give it a real boost to the colour.

Target details: Also known as the Southern Pinwheel, it lies around 15 million light years distance in the constellation of Hydra. It has been the source of six supernova since 1923. A stunning object to view but even nicer to image.