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scully1234
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Reged: 09/04/07

Loc: Rush, NY
This years M42 - my best ever !
      #5533615 - 11/22/12 09:41 AM Attachment (52 downloads)

Wow what a difference from previous years.
Below is what will be the central panel in this years master works project of M42 and surrounding area.
This is the first time I have been able to capture the dusty "finger" to the left of M42, and also the first time I have been able to see how the dust between the trap and the running man is being lit from underneath by the trap stars.
I am planning on getting the surrounding areas to mosiac into one big image, then I'm going to see how it looks on a big mettalic print for framing.

M42 and running man

32 exposures, 6min @ ISO 1600 + 12 exposures 30 sec @ ISO 1600 + 12 exposures 15 sec @ ISO 800 for core.
Imaging camera = Canon 450D xsi full spectrum mod with Astronomik CL-CCD clip in filter
Imaging scope = Orion 80ED riding the CGEM mount
Guide cam = Meade DSI I
Guide scope = Celestron C8
Image focus and aquisition = Backyard EOS
Guided with PHD
Stacked in DSS
Processed with PS CS5, Noels actions, Star spikes pro

Link to larger = LARGER

Edited by scully1234 (11/22/12 09:48 AM)


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cclark
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Reged: 07/29/08

Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: scully1234]
      #5533641 - 11/22/12 10:03 AM

Fantastic job! Great processing on both the core and the faint dusty areas. Very well balanced.

Chris


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Skyshooter
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Reged: 04/07/08

Loc: S. Utah, U.S.A.
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: scully1234]
      #5533643 - 11/22/12 10:03 AM

Howdy, that is one beautiful image. I can't believe how much detail you've pulled out of the running man area. Good luck on the metallic print. I've seen them advertised and they look cool in the ads but never have seen one up close and personal.

CLS
Ed


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WhitenerJ
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Reged: 02/06/12

Loc: Waxahachie, Texas
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: Skyshooter]
      #5533661 - 11/22/12 10:10 AM

Nice work there!!

Jason


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REC
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Reged: 10/20/10

Loc: NC
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: WhitenerJ]
      #5533715 - 11/22/12 10:43 AM

That's pretty amazing shot and nicely framed with the running man on top.

Rush, NY huh....that where I did my first really good stargazing from my back yard on Pinnacle road. Have my first C8 in the 1980's:)

Bob


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Suresh
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Reged: 08/05/05

Loc: South India
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: REC]
      #5533797 - 11/22/12 11:33 AM

Very well done,congrats
Suresh


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Jb32828
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Reged: 08/01/10

Loc: Orlando, FL USA
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: Suresh]
      #5533816 - 11/22/12 11:48 AM

Beautiful image, congratulations. Your persistence has paid off!

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Nils_Lars
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Loc: Santa Cruz Mountains , CA
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: Jb32828]
      #5534011 - 11/22/12 02:04 PM

An outstanding M42 , all that extra work really shines.

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Reged: 01/13/10

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Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: Nils_Lars]
      #5534026 - 11/22/12 02:16 PM

Very nice image and processing!

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AdirondackAstro
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Reged: 06/06/11

Loc: Plattsburgh, NY
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: tecmage]
      #5534037 - 11/22/12 02:28 PM

Wow that is amazing. Great job!
I can't wait for M42 to clear the trees a little earlier so I can have my first real attempt at it.


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Steve OK
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Reged: 09/22/07

Loc: OKC, OK
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: scully1234]
      #5534123 - 11/22/12 03:51 PM

A beautiful rendition of a beautiful region! As far as I can tell, you used the 80ED at full focal length...no FF/FR? You sure got nice stars, even in the corners. I don't think my 80ED does that well. Nice work!

Steve


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MarPiw
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Reged: 09/30/11

Loc: South of Poland
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: Steve OK]
      #5534165 - 11/22/12 04:18 PM

Amazing - this is one of the best M42 I have ever seen!

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Mary B
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Reged: 05/21/10

Loc: Minnesota
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: MarPiw]
      #5534181 - 11/22/12 04:26 PM

I vote for putting it on APOD

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mmalik
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Reged: 01/13/12

Loc: USA
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: scully1234]
      #5534284 - 11/22/12 06:06 PM

That's a good looking Orion, Scully.

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pfile
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Reged: 06/14/09

Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: mmalik]
      #5534300 - 11/22/12 06:19 PM

nice work! good luck with the mosaic, that's gonna look nice.

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Erk1024
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Reged: 07/06/11

Loc: Henderson, NV
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: pfile]
      #5534752 - 11/23/12 02:01 AM

Beautiful. Remarkable job processing the image. Awesome.

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bluedandelion
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Reged: 08/17/07

Loc: Hazy Hollow, Western WA
Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: Erk1024]
      #5534762 - 11/23/12 02:12 AM

Well done!

Ajay


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Re: This years M42 - my best ever ! new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5534794 - 11/23/12 02:52 AM

Top notch M42, Scully!

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