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#1 Rankinstudio

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:28 PM

I finally had some time to really invest in an image. Here is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud. The right side of the image is lit up by Barnard's Loop. I had been somewhat reserved about my decision to not modify this camera. After shooting many Ha targets with it, I have decided there is really no reason to mod it. A slight increase in red highlights and bam, looks just like a mod'd cam.

Check out the high resolution. 2500px wide. Busy image for sure.

http://rankinstudio....s/orion2500.jpg

Shot the night of 10.7.13 from my back yard in Southern Utah
Canon 6D (Unmodified)
Atlas EQ-G
Canon 200mm F2.8 @ F4
20 Lights at 300 seconds ISO 1600
9 Lights at 30 seconds ISO 1600
1 Light at 30 seconds ISO 100
12 Flats
12 Bias
No Darks
Uncropped
Acquisition and Dither in BYE
Stacking in DSS
Post Processing in PS

Enjoy!

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#2 whwang

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:28 AM

Hi,
That looks amazingly good for an unmodified DSLR.
In this image, there is a strong background gradient.
If you can remove that gradient, even fainter nebulas will become apparent.

Cheers,
Wei-Hao

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:11 AM

Thanks Wei. I believe the gradient is being caused by the light from Banard's Loop :) I did calibrate the shot and it was a very dark night.

I am out of town and did edit on a laptop, but this image clearly shows where the natural gradient is coming from:

http://www.ancientst...rnards_Loop.jpg

I'll probably give it another stab when I get back home.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:35 PM

That's good stuff, David!!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:43 PM

That is so cool!!!!!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:36 PM

Nice job on this. The 6d unmodded is very impressive.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:55 PM

Great work David! I am glad to see the 6D getting some love! It truly is an amazing camera for the price!

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:36 PM

That's good stuff, David!!


Thanks David!

That is so cool!!!!!


Thanks!

Nice job on this. The 6d unmodded is very impressive.


Thanks, I've been super impressed with it so far. It does some amazing things.

Great work David! I am glad to see the 6D getting some love! It truly is an amazing camera for the price!


Thanks! I agree, it was worth every cent.

Just got Lasik on my eyes today. Man, 20/20 without glasses is amazing. Still a bit hazy by my glasses are a thing of the past now. So excited to look up at the night sky in Southern UT with my new eyes. A first light of sorts. :)

Cheers!

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:46 PM

I think I pushed it a bit too hard. Here is a reprocess a bit more natural looking, more care given:

Registration and Stacking in Iris this time. Saved as Fits. Initial Stretching in Fits Liberator. Combined in Photoshop. Post processing in Photoshop.

Enjoy!

Large:
http://rankinstudio....s/orion2500.jpg

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:31 AM

Really nice, David - I like the vivid star colors and both the HH and M42 really pop!

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:01 AM

Thanks Scott!

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:44 AM

David, where did you increase the red's? at the processing? could you please post one of the images with no red increase?
thanks






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