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#1 carlo rocchi

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:04 PM

Here's my attempt at the Horsehead and the Flame nebula. Canon 40D central d.s. on Televue 102 f/7, 2.5 hrs. of global integration.
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At the bottom right you can see a strange star with spikes, unusual for a refractor ;)
Here a link at a CROP of a raw file.
The spikes are similar to those of a bathinov mask, they appear in all the raw and in one star only. I can't understand.. :confused:

#2 shawnhar

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:47 PM

Forget that...look at Alnitak! WOW!

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:51 PM

Awesome HH and Flame.
I love the detail, colour and contrast.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

Wow! You controlled that naughty Alnitak very well. The other star (HR1950) is very interesting indeed! Usually it doesn't give headaches...

I am still suspecting that it might have to do with Alnitak. In my attempt, there was a strange reflection approx at the same distance from Alnitak, though it was not on top of HR1950. Look carefully right below Sigma Orionis.

No matter what this turns out to be, this is a great image.

Happy holidays

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:29 PM

ditto on all the above... Excellent work Carlo!

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#6 carlo rocchi

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:53 PM

Many thanks Guys, glad you like my pic!!
Thanks Sedat, maybe you're right, but I find it strange that the reflection is perfectly centered on the star in all my raw during 2.5 hrs. also I use dithering and the star isn't on the same exactly position in all the frames

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

amazing detail!! :waytogo: You should send this in to APOD

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:32 PM

Very good Carlo; saturated a bit, but looks great. Thx

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:59 PM

Beautiful image, Carlo. I think the Flame nebula is actually on fire!

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:03 AM

Incredible shot, Carlo. Very deep, and love the processing. Amazing stuff. ;)

#11 carlo rocchi

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

Wow.. thank you all for the nice comments!!! Maybe I pushed a little bit with colors and saturation :thinking:

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:15 AM

Really nice session, Carlo.
Colors are a little bit pushed but I think that the overall results is extremely good.
I have the same star effect as your in all my sessions and just only on a single star at bottom left of the images. This is probably due to some dirty stuff on the Baader filter.

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#13 carlo rocchi

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

Thanks Roberto!! I agree, maybe some dust in the optical path.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

Fantastic image, Carlo! Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

That's what I called turn ON the lights! :waytogo:

#16 carlo rocchi

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:49 AM

Thanks Bill, Jose for your kind comments!!

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

Great shot Carlo!

#18 carlo rocchi

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:54 AM

Thank you Joe!!






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