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LBN 552-I'm getting the hang of dust but 25h helps

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 11:41 AM

Lynds Bright Nebula 552 is an infrequently imaged dusty region in Cepheus that contains Cohen 129 (the yellow knot of nebulosity in the dust cloud in the upper middle of the image) and a cascade of stars in the middle right. This image is a 2-panel mosaic of 118 x 10min Lum subframes (Atik 383L+ on a SkyWatcher 190 Maksutov-Newtonian) with 36 x 10min color data (modded Canon XSi/450D on a Stellarvue SVR 90T). A little more than 25h total integration.

Fun processing - I haven't done much dust before but I think I'm getting the hang of it.

...Keith

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:35 PM

well worth an effort, nice target, nice image. I also made a mosaic from it, great capture here.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:38 PM

Quite spectecular ! Beautiful dust and star colours. Eerie setting.
I like it.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:13 PM

That's a fnatastic image. Nicely processed.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:15 PM

That's awesome Keith, very well done. Keep it up!

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:26 PM

That came out excellent. Great job balancing the dust and star color, while keeping the background neutral. That must have been difficult.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:29 PM

Thanks for the comments. Greatly appreciated.

And thanks to those who previously answered my questions about tips on dust processing many months back. That willingness to offer advice and feedback is what makes this a great forum.
...Keith

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:09 PM

Very nice job! Do you have a link to a higher resolution image? Have you ever used PixInsight to process? I wish I had the data to see how it would come out using PI...

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:24 PM

Do you have a link to a higher resolution image?


Thanks Steven! Here is a link to a higher res image:

LBN552 large

Re PI, I'm not a PI user I'm afraid. I've thought of making the switch, but I'm intimidated by a brand new learning curve.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:15 AM

PI Rules :) If you put that much into the image, aught to try PI...

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:13 AM

Great job, Keith! Yep, exposure time is a must for dust.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:46 AM

Excellent work Keith

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 12:45 PM

Great details in this dusty area!!!

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 01:09 PM

Nicely done!

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:34 PM

Thanks Eric, Nicola, Kfir, Thomas. I think Eric that the shot has more to do with the 25h integration than my processing skills. And Steven and Jerryyyyy, PI may have to be a retirement project for me as I don't when I'll have time before then to relearn everything! If I had started out with PI there would be no question, but I did try the trial last year and quickly retreated to the PS I know.

Thanks again everyone for the encouraging comments.
...Keith

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:00 PM

Excellent!

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:39 PM

Thanks Bill!

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:33 PM

Nice work on this dusty area Keith!
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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:45 AM

Thanks Bill!
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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:18 PM

Very Cool!

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:51 PM

Thanks John.
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