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#1 mikewayne3

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:53 AM

I gave M42 a shot with my new TAR-3 on my mod. 350D
this is a set of 1 sec, a set of 30 sec and 2 min
this is one tuff object to process but considering I live in the heart of San Diego and shoot form the pool area of my condo complex with lights all over the place I must say I'm happy with this one
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#2 Moey

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:24 AM

Very nice and well done :)

#3 mikewayne3

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

thanks

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

Mike great shot. I hope you don't mind but i ran it thru a couple of passes with GradientXTerminator to reduce the LP.

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#5 mikewayne3

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

I don’t mind at all
I guess I didn’t hit that one enough WoW I like the added GradientXTerminator

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

You just sold me on GradientXTerminator ...

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

It really is a great program.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:53 PM

Wow! great improvement :)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

The only issue I have with Gradient Exterminator is that you often don't have enough control over it and it can darken areas you want to keep light, like the fainter portions of your nebula.

Adam Block has a great series on working in Photoshop and one of the tutorials is how to Desaturate the background to get rid of gradients and maintain the fainter portions of nebulosity. The series is called Making Every Pixel Count and is a great DVD for working with your images.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:13 PM

Very nice! I see what you mean!

Do you have a link to the videos you mentioned?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

Very nice! I see what you mean!

Do you have a link to the videos you mentioned?

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Unfortunately you need to purchase the DVD but it was one of the best $100 I spent on this hobby. What I like is that he shows all of the steps and you can pause and follow along on your own image with the steps. It is my main reference for processing.
http://www.caelumobs...video/dvd.shtml

#12 mikewayne3

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:22 PM

I did go back and tinkered with GX and I see what a difference it made
My stars are a bit blotted as well so I clearly need to spend a little more time on focus but all and all it’s my best shot of it to date
And if and when I get up to my clubs dark site I’ll give it another go
Thanks for the comments
Mike






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