Messier 101 Pinwheel Galaxy Supernova

I tried my hand at GIF animation. Messier 101 Pinwheel Galaxy is shown with shots from SN 2023ixf for the last three months.


Image Info:
Camera: ZWO 183 MC Pro
Temperature: 0 C
Scope: 1214 mm - AT8RC with Reducer
Mount: Atlas EQ-G
Guider: QHY5L-II M
Guide Scope: 720 mm Meade Newtonian
Exposure: 300 seconds
No. of Subs: 5 for each date (21 for integrated)
Integration Time: 25 m for each date.
Orientation: 45 deg to the Equator
Gain: 0
Binning: 1x1
Software: Sequence Generator Pro, PixInsight, Adobe Photoshop
Locations: CRO (July, Aug); CBJ (Sept)


Nicely done :+1:

I love animated GIFs for purposes like this. Thank you.

Very nice!

Crazy how fast it’s dimming down.

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Chris, what software do you use to crate the blink efect with 2 (or more) images? I have a couple of images of Pluto I took a few days apart that I want to blink to see if I can see it move between them. But not sure how to do that.

It turns out that Adobe Photoshop will do it. You can load your image files into a stack using the File>Scripts menu (or just load them individually and stack them in layers manually). Then open the timeline window, select the first layer you want in the animation. Then select frame animation in the timeline and click it. That will put the selected layer in the timeline as the first frame. Select subsequent layers and click the “+” box or “add frame” button in the timeline for each. On each animation frame set the duration and play it. When you are happy with how it looks, export it using File>Export>Save for Web and choose GIF and the file format.

Thanks! I don’t have Photoshop, but have Affinity. Suspect it will do the same if I can figure out how. Probably similar to what you describes. Once I get it I’ll post it on the forum! Would also like to get at least three of Pluto in the same FOV if possible.

Google Photos will do it

Chris - this RULES! This sort of thing is super cool. Great job!

Thanks guys. I added another frame from OkieTex. It doesn’t look like the Supernova diminished much this last month. It was tough to match the new frame with the previous ones from CRO. - it must be the light pollution effects Rod was talking about.