A while back folks in my club asked me how long I spend processing an image, and the answer is: until I shout "ARGHHH! That's as good as it's getting!" I've been processing this one for a month, and I've hit that point. This image had terrible gradients and background patterns that took me forever to deal with, and they're still hardly perfect. This is Hubble palette, modified with HLVG for color. I didn't use the normal selective color mods in PS, since I decided I liked the HLVG version better than I could manualy dig out with those tools. This uses Ha for luminance. I've never used that before because it usually loses detail, but here it seemed to lose nothing, and was quite a bit more smooth, and made the blue stand out better.
CPC1100 and SXVR-H694, about 18 hours with Astrodon 5nm Ha/SII and 3nm OIII filters. Full details are with the image.
PS - Love CN 3.0 so far. The new search tool seems a bit more useful, though I don't think it's searching far back in time. I'm pretty sure there have been more than two Tulip images here in the last three years.
Edited by astrovienna, 04 August 2014 - 08:09 PM.