Rob Tak EM200, TEC 140
And if the dam breaks open many years too soon, And if there is no room upon the hill And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.
Celestron C-8 SCT
Gary Honis modified Canon 450D (Baeder Mod)
MonoMods monochrome Canon 450D (Debayered, Baader filter, LPF1 removed)
ONAG On-Axis Guider
Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.8
Quote:1) One of the big mistakes I made with the video is that Neil's M45 data took extremely well to a Screen Mask Invert at 100% opacity. Its unusual that an image can handle that well. For this reason, I almost always apply my SMI layers at 25% to 50% (typically). If you don't back off the opacity of the SMI, it will give the image a look similar to an overly noise reduced image. I'm seeing what looks like some of this effect in your image - particularly around the stars towards the left side and through some of the Veil to the left of 52 Cygni. I've found that your much better off doing two passes of SMI at 35% opacity than you are doing one at, say 70%. So, that's one thing I would recommend - less aggressive SMI layers. Again, its my mistake for not emphasizing this in the video.
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