Here is my attempt at M 101 from my back yard. I live in a light polluted suburb of Los Angeles, California. My SQM reading on this night was 18.1 (Bortle 7-8). I did a lot of noise reduction but there is still quite a bit of noise left. I was willing to accept more noise in exchange for preserved detail.
Captured with Voyager, of course! Details can be found on my AstroBin page.
Thank you very much, Rowland. I’ve gone back and forth with noise reduction. Data from my back yard definitely requires a lot of it, but the loss of detail drives me nuts. Lately I’ve been willing to accept a little more noise in exchange for better detail. It’s a balancing act.
Thank you, Leo. If I could ever get more than 6 hours of data on something, I think my images would improve. I will try to add to the data I have if I get the opportunity to do so this season.