The difference a dark sky makes.

The Whirlpool Galaxy I took last month compared to one I took from this month. The only real difference is location. The one I took from home is in Bortle 8 or 9 skies here in Allen, Texas. Surrounded by 440 acres of 24×7 illuminated concrete inside a 2 mile radius doesn’t help one tiny bit. Fort Griffin State Historic Site is in Bortle 2 skies.

I’ve done very, very little processing on this but the difference between the two is striking.

If you care to look in more detail. Click to open in a new tab.

M51 from Ft. Griffin near Albany, TX