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spectre
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Another M-42 new
      #5545014 - 11/29/12 06:40 AM Attachment (33 downloads)

This is my first attempt at layering to preserve the core.
Equipment in my sig
20 X 180 sec + 5 X 30 sec
ISO 800
Captured in BYEOS
Processing in PS CS4


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jerr
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Loc: Czarny Las, Poland
Re: Another M-42 new [Re: spectre]
      #5545056 - 11/29/12 07:53 AM

Well done! You captured one stunning M42. You may try lab color to saturate it a bit but this is only my taste. Otherwise all the details are beautifully exposed and preserved. A wall hanger to me.

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Orion58
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Loc: Southern Wisconsin
Re: Another M-42 new [Re: jerr]
      #5545110 - 11/29/12 08:45 AM

Very nice job preserving the core. And, as Jerr said, you still have more room to bring out fainter detail and color if you choose.

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Wouter D'hoye
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Re: Another M-42 new [Re: Orion58]
      #5545401 - 11/29/12 11:53 AM

Excellent image. Thanks for sharing.

Wouter.


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Mike Wiles
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Re: Another M-42 new [Re: Wouter D'hoye]
      #5545408 - 11/29/12 11:57 AM

The preservation of the detail inside the nebula is excellent. You've definitely got the layering part of it figured out. Like others have said, if it were mine, I'd tweak it a bit with a slight curve to raise the brightness just a bit, and then punch up the saturation a touch. You've got a really, really good image here. The dust and detail between M42 and M43 is excellent.

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shawnhar
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Re: Another M-42 new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5545429 - 11/29/12 12:06 PM

Nice job! Very smooth!

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CounterWeight
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Re: Another M-42 new [Re: shawnhar]
      #5545587 - 11/29/12 01:54 PM

Beautiful job John - very nice image you have there

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spectre
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Re: Another M-42 new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5546164 - 11/29/12 08:10 PM

Thanks all very much for your kind words. I've been slowly working my way up the AP curve and all of you have been a great help along the way.
I think I'll leave this where it's at since it seems that whatever else I've tried to do seems to make it look slightly worse to my eyes. Still a lot to learn I guess.


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oldstargazer
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Re: Another M-42 new [Re: spectre]
      #5546338 - 11/29/12 09:58 PM

That looks so much like what I can see with my 10 inch dob and low power ep that I just love it!

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Jeff Smith
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Reged: 04/06/10

Loc: Chicago
Re: Another M-42 [Re: oldstargazer]
      #5546863 - 11/30/12 09:35 AM

Great colors!

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