Messier 36 (also known as M36, or NGC 1960) is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation. M36 is at a distance of about (4,100 light years away from Earth and is about 14 light years across. There are at least sixty members in the cluster. The cluster is very similar to the Pleiades cluster (Messier 45), and if it were the same distance from Earth it would be of similar magnitude.
Data captured 17th October & 1st November, 2018.
17x 2 minute exposures with Blue filter (Binned 2x2).
21x 2 minute exposures with Green filter (Binned 2x2).
20x 2 minute exposures with Red filter (Binned 2x2).
53x 3 minute exposures with Luminance filter.
Total Exposure = 4.6 hours.
Skywatcher Quattro 200 CF
Atik 428EX Mono
This image was processed in Pixinsight & Lightroom.
Calibration and Stacking in Pixinsight using Batch PreProcessing
Automatic Background Extraction - To remove gradients. (Each Channel separately)
Channel Combination - To combine RGB channels.
Photometric Colour Calibration - To calibrate colours.
SCNR - To remove green cast.
Deconvolution - To tighten stars, 50 iterations. (Luminance Only)
Multiscale Linear Transform - To noise reduce the Luminance only.
LRGB Combination - To blend my luminance image with my RGB image.
Histogram Transformation - To stretch the LRGB image.
Curves Transformation - To boost contrast.
Export as JPEG and import into Lightroom.
Increase Contrast (+10)
Increase Vibrance (+50)
Export final JPEG for upload.