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#1 mmalik

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:19 AM

IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula. Nov 15, 2012

The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. It is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Horsehead is a stellar nursery; bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming. The darkness of the massive nebula is not explained by the dust and gas, but by the complex blocking the light of stars behind it. The heavy concentrations of dust in the Horsehead Nebula region and neighboring Orion Nebula are localized, resulting in alternating sections of nearly complete opacity and transparency.[Wikipedia]

•3x5min (ISO 1600)
•2x8min (ISO 1600)
•5x10min (ISO 1600)
•1x12min (ISO 1600)
•93min integration, guided
•Canon 60Da/IDAS LPS-P2/254mm TMB APO/elCapitan

Processing Workflow: (Updated instructions here...)
•RAW file conversion in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Align TSR/Combine/Crop in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Digital Development in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multi Point Planar Flatten Background in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multiresolution Smooth-Sharpen + Inverse Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Geometric Transform/Scale in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Adaptive Richardson-Lucy Restoration + Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Smoothing in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Contrast, 'Noise Reduction', and Sharpen in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Star Size and Halo Reduction in ImagesPlus 5.0
•High Pass Contrast Enhancement in ImagesPlus 5.0 [without Star Mask]
•Curves, Contrast/Brightness, Saturation, and 'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6


Combined/Unprocessed FIT here...

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#2 shawnhar

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:39 AM

That is a very nice pic, thanks for sharing!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:42 AM

Very nice. That should be hanging on your wall!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:41 AM

Nicely done, I like the pinpoint stars in the head.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:11 PM

The contrast and details around "The Head" are remarkable. Excellent job on the processing and thanks for posting. That's a wall hanger for sure...

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:04 PM

wow, this is beautiful, you did a great job in this one ;)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:05 PM

I'm joing Tim. This target is emblematic and such good image should hang on the wall!

Thanks for sharing it Mike!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:02 PM

Thanks for your gracious comments Shawnhar/Tim/John/Kenny/Francisco/Ivo! Regards

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:07 PM

Amazing shot!!! Excellent!!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

Very nice image, Mike - good color and some very nice detail as well.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:30 AM

Amazing job.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:55 PM

Despite the short integration time a very good result. Congratulations.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:52 PM

Very nice image with excellent detail and color. congrats!
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:24 AM

Thanks Jason/Scott/Stan/Martin/Mike!

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:23 AM

IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula. Nov 15, 2012

The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. It is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Horsehead is a stellar nursery; bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming. The darkness of the massive nebula is not explained by the dust and gas, but by the complex blocking the light of stars behind it. The heavy concentrations of dust in the Horsehead Nebula region and neighboring Orion Nebula are localized, resulting in alternating sections of nearly complete opacity and transparency.[Wikipedia]

•3x5min (ISO 1600)
•2x8min (ISO 1600)
•5x10min (ISO 1600)
•1x12min (ISO 1600)
•93min integration, guided
•Canon 60Da/IDAS LPS-P2/254mm TMB APO/elCapitan

Processing Workflow: (Updated instructions here...)
•RAW file conversion in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Align TSR/Combine/Crop in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Digital Development in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multi Point Planar Flatten Background in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multiresolution Smooth-Sharpen + Inverse Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Geometric Transform/Scale in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Adaptive Richardson-Lucy Restoration + Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Smoothing in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Contrast, 'Noise Reduction', and Sharpen in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Star Size and Halo Reduction in ImagesPlus 5.0
•High Pass Contrast Enhancement in ImagesPlus 5.0 [without Star Mask]
•Curves, Contrast/Brightness, Saturation, and 'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6


Combined/Unprocessed FIT here...

•Full frame
Larger file...


Good job Mike.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

Nice picture Mike!

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:59 PM

Some amazing details in there Mike , great capture.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

Thanks Mike/jwheel/Erik!

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

Another Hit!!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Thanks Kevin.

On a side note, I have yet to investigate that streak in upper left corner?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:17 AM

A softer/brighter rendering; this one without Star Size & High Pass steps, and with 'Block' Saturation:

Processing Workflow: (Instructions here...)
•RAW file conversion in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Align TSR/Combine/Crop in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Digital Development in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multi Point Planar Flatten Background in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multiresolution Smooth-Sharpen + Inverse Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Geometric Transform/Scale in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Adaptive Richardson-Lucy Restoration + Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Smoothing in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Curves, Contrast/Brightness, Saturation (Block Method), 'Noise Reduction' and Sharpen in Photoshop Extended CS6


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Note: That streak in upper left corner is in just one sub; seems like an earthly object.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

I have uploaded 603 KB JPG of this new rendering here... for those intersted in a high-res JPG download.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

Beautiful! I love the horse head :D

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:28 AM

Thanks kowspot2000!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:16 AM

That's great Mike, congrats!!






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