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mmalik
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IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula
      #5524073 - 11/17/12 10:19 AM Attachment (171 downloads)

IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula. Nov 15, 2012

The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. It is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Horsehead is a stellar nursery; bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming. The darkness of the massive nebula is not explained by the dust and gas, but by the complex blocking the light of stars behind it. The heavy concentrations of dust in the Horsehead Nebula region and neighboring Orion Nebula are localized, resulting in alternating sections of nearly complete opacity and transparency.[Wikipedia]

•3x5min (ISO 1600)
•2x8min (ISO 1600)
•5x10min (ISO 1600)
•1x12min (ISO 1600)
•93min integration, guided
•Canon 60Da/IDAS LPS-P2/254mm TMB APO/elCapitan

Processing Workflow: (Updated instructions here...)
•RAW file conversion in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Align TSR/Combine/Crop in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Digital Development in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multi Point Planar Flatten Background in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multiresolution Smooth-Sharpen + Inverse Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Geometric Transform/Scale in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Adaptive Richardson-Lucy Restoration + Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Smoothing in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Contrast, 'Noise Reduction', and Sharpen in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Star Size and Halo Reduction in ImagesPlus 5.0
•High Pass Contrast Enhancement in ImagesPlus 5.0 [without Star Mask]
•Curves, Contrast/Brightness, Saturation, and 'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6


Combined/Unprocessed FIT here...

•Full frame
Larger file...


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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: mmalik]
      #5524111 - 11/17/12 10:39 AM

That is a very nice pic, thanks for sharing!

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: shawnhar]
      #5524117 - 11/17/12 10:42 AM

Very nice. That should be hanging on your wall!

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: TimN]
      #5524224 - 11/17/12 11:41 AM

Nicely done, I like the pinpoint stars in the head.

John


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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: jambroseus]
      #5524346 - 11/17/12 01:11 PM

The contrast and details around "The Head" are remarkable. Excellent job on the processing and thanks for posting. That's a wall hanger for sure...

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: Bachus]
      #5524542 - 11/17/12 03:04 PM

wow, this is beautiful, you did a great job in this one

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: fco_star]
      #5524703 - 11/17/12 05:05 PM

I'm joing Tim. This target is emblematic and such good image should hang on the wall!

Thanks for sharing it Mike!


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mmalik
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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5524804 - 11/17/12 06:02 PM

Thanks for your gracious comments Shawnhar/Tim/John/Kenny/Francisco/Ivo! Regards

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: mmalik]
      #5524812 - 11/17/12 06:07 PM

Amazing shot!!! Excellent!!

Jason


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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: WhitenerJ]
      #5525061 - 11/17/12 08:45 PM

Very nice image, Mike - good color and some very nice detail as well.

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: srosenfraz]
      #5525819 - 11/18/12 10:30 AM

Amazing job.

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: mmalik]
      #5526377 - 11/18/12 03:55 PM

Despite the short integration time a very good result. Congratulations.

CS
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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: martl]
      #5526464 - 11/18/12 04:52 PM

Very nice image with excellent detail and color. congrats!
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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: Poochpa]
      #5527352 - 11/19/12 05:24 AM

Thanks Jason/Scott/Stan/Martin/Mike!

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: mmalik]
      #5527459 - 11/19/12 08:23 AM

Quote:

IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula. Nov 15, 2012

The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. It is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Horsehead is a stellar nursery; bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming. The darkness of the massive nebula is not explained by the dust and gas, but by the complex blocking the light of stars behind it. The heavy concentrations of dust in the Horsehead Nebula region and neighboring Orion Nebula are localized, resulting in alternating sections of nearly complete opacity and transparency.[Wikipedia]

•3x5min (ISO 1600)
•2x8min (ISO 1600)
•5x10min (ISO 1600)
•1x12min (ISO 1600)
•93min integration, guided
•Canon 60Da/IDAS LPS-P2/254mm TMB APO/elCapitan

Processing Workflow: (Updated instructions here...)
•RAW file conversion in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Align TSR/Combine/Crop in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Digital Development in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multi Point Planar Flatten Background in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Multiresolution Smooth-Sharpen + Inverse Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Geometric Transform/Scale in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Adaptive Richardson-Lucy Restoration + Luminance Mask in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Smoothing in ImagesPlus 5.0
•Contrast, 'Noise Reduction', and Sharpen in Photoshop Extended CS6
•Star Size and Halo Reduction in ImagesPlus 5.0
•High Pass Contrast Enhancement in ImagesPlus 5.0 [without Star Mask]
•Curves, Contrast/Brightness, Saturation, and 'Noise Reduction' in Photoshop Extended CS6


Combined/Unprocessed FIT here...

•Full frame
Larger file...




Good job Mike.


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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: Mike Unsold]
      #5527726 - 11/19/12 11:17 AM

Nice picture Mike!

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: jwheel]
      #5529064 - 11/19/12 10:59 PM

Some amazing details in there Mike , great capture.

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mmalik
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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: Nils_Lars]
      #5532585 - 11/21/12 04:21 PM

Thanks Mike/jwheel/Erik!

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula new [Re: mmalik]
      #5532656 - 11/21/12 05:04 PM

Another Hit!!

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Re: IC 434, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula [Re: fishonkevin]
      #5534303 - 11/22/12 06:20 PM

Thanks Kevin.

On a side note, I have yet to investigate that streak in upper left corner?


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