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#1 bluedandelion

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:39 AM

NGC 281 in Cassiopeia. Captured with an SV85s and a modified Canon 350D from my light polluted (red zone) back yard. No filters were used. ISO 800, 15 x 6 minutes. Processed with Pixinsight.

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Those dark areas are Bok globules that can seed star formation. Hope to redo this from a dark spot with a CCD some day.

Larger version here.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:44 AM

Good looking Pacman; I had to process mine... a few times to get all the nebulosity. Thx

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:53 AM

Those inner wisps really show some detail , nice work.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:54 AM

Thank you Mike. It was a little tricky to process at this scale. There's nebulosity and dust all over. Gradient subtraction and color balancing steps were a little challenging because areas of true background are small.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:45 AM

Very nice looking, Ajay - I like your nebula color.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:22 AM

Great shot for a light polluted area. You caught a lot of nebulocity there.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

Thank you Scott and John.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

Beautiful. I like the red color a lot in your shot.

Those Bok globules (HII) are named after the Dutch/ American discoverer Bart Jan Bok. Bok is the dutch word for a male goat...

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:39 PM

To look at the photo one would have never thought you were plagued with LP. Nice processing of an iconic object!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:45 PM

Dang!! I think you got all of it!! Nice work!!!

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

Thank you Traveler, Ed and Gary.

PI was very useful tool in removing some nasty gradients and for the color calibration.

Ajay






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