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#1 mmalik

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:57 AM

Horsehead Nebula [Up Close]. Nov 15, 2012

Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) is a dark globule of dust and non-luminous gas, obscuring the light from the moderately bright nebula IC 434 behind it. [SkySafari Pro]

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

Re-Processing Workflow: (Instructions here...)
•Crop in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Digital Development in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multi Point Flatten Background-Planar in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multiresolution Smooth-Sharpen + Inverse Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Geometric Transform/Scale (Factor 0.4) in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Adaptive Richardson-Lucy Restoration + Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Smoothing in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Saturation (Block), and 'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Curves, Brightness/Contrast, and Saturation in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Star Size and Halo Reduction in ImagesPlus 5.0
•'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6


Combined/Unprocessed FITs (Full/Cropped) here...

•Cropped frame
•Full frame details here...

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#2 Tapio

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:10 AM

Very nice.
Nothing but clouds (or -20 degrees) so couldn't help downloading uncropped fit and have a go at processing.
Feeling a bit rusty but here goes.

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#3 nikao

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:50 AM

I'm renaming this nebula to 'headless man nebula' ... lol..
very well done, gorgeous image!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:31 PM

Nice. job. I can almost see the mane! :)

#5 mmalik

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:04 PM

I'm renaming this nebula to 'headless man nebula'


Thanks Tapio/Nikao/Joe.

Tapio, your rendering is really nice; you could brighten it a bit.

Nikao, I agree, on a closer look it does resemble a well-built man with two arms and no head. Thx

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:04 PM

Nice shot, but a bit noisy. Ever try ISO800?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

Nice shot, but a bit noisy. Ever try ISO800?


This was an all ISO 1600 deal. Noise is mainly coming from aggressive cropping; high res. full frame... has lesser noise. Would try ISO 800 on the next opportunity. Thx

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

Great image! Next time it's clear hear I'm going to give the horse head a go.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

Great detail up close , nice work

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:43 AM

Horsehead Nebula [Up Close]. Nov 15, 2012

Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) is a dark globule of dust and non-luminous gas, obscuring the light from the moderately bright nebula IC 434 behind it. [SkySafari Pro]

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

Re-Processing Workflow: (Instructions here...)
•Crop in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Digital Development in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multi Point Flatten Background-Planar in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multiresolution Smooth-Sharpen + Inverse Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Geometric Transform/Scale (Factor 0.4) in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Adaptive Richardson-Lucy Restoration + Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Smoothing in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Saturation (Block), and 'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Curves, Brightness/Contrast, and Saturation in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Star Size and Halo Reduction in ImagesPlus 5.0
•'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6


Combined/Unprocessed FITs (Full/Cropped) here...

•Cropped frame
•Full frame details here...


Looks good Mike!

Here is another version of your full size HH data.

http://www.mlunsold....HH-MM-Final.jpg

Mike

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#11 mmalik

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:53 PM

Thanks Zach/Erik.

Mike, your processing looks very nice; I like the colors in NGC 2023 (at the base of Horsehead). Thx

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

Very nice !

#13 mmalik

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 02:09 AM

PixInsight learning series... a crop of the Horsehead. I skipped color balance in PixInsight since it wasn't producing acceptable results for this particular image. Thx


PixInsight:
0. DSLR_RAW Format Preferences (ONE/FIRST time setting) [Linear data]
1. SKIPPED---Calibration [Linear data]
2. Batch Debayer [Linear data]
3. Alignment (Registration), Integration and Crop [Linear data]
4. SKIPPED---DBE (Gradient Removal) [Linear data]
5. Background Neutralization [Linear data]
6. SKIPPED---Color Calibration [Linear data]
7. SCNR (Noise Reduction) [Linear data]
8. ATrous Wavelet Transform (Noise Reduction) [Linear data]

---Linear/NON-Linear demark---

9. Histogram Transformation
10.HDR Multiscale Transform [IMPORTANT]
11.SKIPPED---Local Histogram Equalization (Contrast) [Optional]
12.ACDNR (Noise Reduction)
13.SKIPPED---Curves Transformation (Saturation)
Saved as 16-bit unsigned TIFF for ImagesPlus/Photoshop processing

ImagesPlus/Photoshop:
14. Geometric Transform/Scale [0.5] (ImagesPlus)
15. Smoothing & Noise Reduction (ImagesPlus)
16. ProDigital ‘Deep Space NR’ and HLVG (Photoshop)
17. Saturation (Block: 1 pass) (Photoshop)
18. Star Size & Halo Reduction, and Saturation (ImagesPlus)
19. Levels, Curves, Contrast, brightness, and Vibrance (Photoshop)
Saved as JPG for posting


Updated processing instructions here...

PixInsight-CR_Integration.fit for practice available here...; start with 'Crop' if you use the provided FIT. Thx

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