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srosenfraz
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Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new
      #5534653 - 11/22/12 11:56 PM

Here is my reprocessed M8 from last August:



High Resolution version and more image details available at http://www.astronomersdoitinthedark.com/index.php?c=17&p=458

This image is from a stack of 107 x 3 minutes (5 1/3 hours) at ISO 400 using focus stacking to provide a flat focal plane across the FOV. Imaging train was a Celestron C-8 (orange tube) with a Celestron focal reducer at f/5.8 (1160mm), and a Gary Honis modified Canon 450D. Guiding was with an ONAG on-axis guider, Lodestar autoguider, and Phd guiding.

Thanks for looking - C&C always welcome.


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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: srosenfraz]
      #5534681 - 11/23/12 12:40 AM

Beautiful! Lots of detail and nebulosity. However, I would have liked a bit more color.

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Skywatcher 120 ED pro refractor; SW EQ6 Synscan mount
Celestron Nexstar 8SE SCT; Tasco 90mm refractor
Modified Canon 1100D (T3); Canon 550D (T2i)
Canon 10-22mm lens; Canon 18-55mm lens
Sigma 120-400mm lens
Celestron Nexguide.


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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: willem123]
      #5534700 - 11/23/12 01:04 AM

Quote:

However, I would have liked a bit more color.




Nice looking M8; concur on the color. Thx


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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius [Re: mmalik]
      #5534758 - 11/23/12 02:06 AM

Wow that is a tough one to process out that well balanced , really great stuff here Scott.

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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: Nils_Lars]
      #5535108 - 11/23/12 09:30 AM

Very nice!

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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: bigdeal]
      #5535313 - 11/23/12 11:38 AM

Well captured. Superb details. This is excellent as is, but I will join the chorus for more saturation.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (11/23/12 11:48 AM)


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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5535364 - 11/23/12 12:12 PM

I'm digging it!!

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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: waassaabee]
      #5535623 - 11/23/12 02:21 PM

Excellent

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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: rob77]
      #5538002 - 11/24/12 10:51 PM

Beautiful picture Scott

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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: fco_star]
      #5538311 - 11/25/12 06:29 AM

Nice job Scott & well framed.
I would have added a touch more saturation.


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Re: Reprocessed-M8 - The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius new [Re: alpal]
      #5538708 - 11/25/12 01:01 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments and feedback. Interesting about the saturation suggestions. I certainly can see why some could prefer a more saturated version. The funny thing is that I reprocessed this one because I didn't like my original saturated version! I definitely like the newer version, but I can appreciate why many would favor a more saturation.

For those who are curious, here's the original processing:



I did a little more with the version than change the saturation. I also brightened the outer nebulosity to show it better as well as try to bring out some of the details towards the center of the nebula. My colors and saturation levels were my attempt to mimic and APOD image that I liked:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap091006.html

I appreciate the feedback - I may end up taking another stab at this one before I put it to bed.


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