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Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius

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#1 srosenfraz

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:56 PM

Here is my reprocessed M8 from last August:

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High Resolution version and more image details available at http://www.astronome....php?c=17&p=458

This image is from a stack of 107 x 3 minutes (5 1/3 hours) at ISO 400 using focus stacking to provide a flat focal plane across the FOV. Imaging train was a Celestron C-8 (orange tube) with a Celestron focal reducer at f/5.8 (1160mm), and a Gary Honis modified Canon 450D. Guiding was with an ONAG on-axis guider, Lodestar autoguider, and Phd guiding.

Thanks for looking - C&C always welcome.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

Beautiful! Lots of detail and nebulosity. However, I would have liked a bit more color.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:04 AM

However, I would have liked a bit more color.


Nice looking M8; concur on the color. Thx

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:06 AM

Wow that is a tough one to process out that well balanced , really great stuff here Scott.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:30 AM

Very nice!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

Well captured. Superb details. This is excellent as is, but I will join the chorus for more saturation.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:12 PM

I'm digging it!! :cool: :bow: :waytogo:

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

Excellent

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:51 PM

Beautiful picture Scott

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:29 AM

Nice job Scott & well framed.
I would have added a touch more saturation.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments and feedback. Interesting about the saturation suggestions. I certainly can see why some could prefer a more saturated version. The funny thing is that I reprocessed this one because I didn't like my original saturated version! I definitely like the newer version, but I can appreciate why many would favor a more saturation.

For those who are curious, here's the original processing:

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I did a little more with the version than change the saturation. I also brightened the outer nebulosity to show it better as well as try to bring out some of the details towards the center of the nebula. My colors and saturation levels were my attempt to mimic and APOD image that I liked:

http://apod.nasa.gov...d/ap091006.html

I appreciate the feedback - I may end up taking another stab at this one before I put it to bed.






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