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jsines
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Orion Nebula 1/14/13
      #5626103 - 01/16/13 12:25 PM Attachment (70 downloads)

I had my first clear night in days Monday night, but not much time so I imaged this really quick. I did a polar alignment but didn't do a drift alignment, so the stars are a little elongated. I focused on bringing out the brown dust in this picture, and also tried to balance the colors a little better than my last attempt. The only way I think I could get more dust is longer exposure, darker skies, or narrowband filters.

36 x 120-second lights at 400 ISO
20 flats at 100 ISO
20 darks
20 bias
imaged in a white zone
stacked and processed in PixInsight.

Thanks for looking!


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Yoddha
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Re: Orion Nebula 1/14/13 new [Re: jsines]
      #5627400 - 01/17/13 03:18 AM

It is nice, but the looks a bit over-processed. Try a less aggressive processing. You will loose some nebulosity, but it will be more natural IMHO

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jsines
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Re: Orion Nebula 1/14/13 new [Re: Yoddha]
      #5627957 - 01/17/13 12:01 PM

Thanks for the feedback! I was thinking the same thing about the processing, and I actually dialed it back from my first attempt. I think I'll try lowering the saturation on this one, or probably starting over with the original integrate fit file and see what I get. It's soooo easy to cross that line when you're processing from natural to over-processed.

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jsines
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Re: Orion Nebula 1/14/13 new [Re: jsines]
      #5645872 - 01/27/13 11:26 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

Ok, with a lot of cloudy nights, I decided to reprocess this one. I do agree that I probably went overboard with the first attempt. I think this one came out much better, it seems more "natural". It looks like I clipped the blacks, but I didn't. I think I'm just not able to capture the dust surrounding the nebula like others because I'm imaging in a white zone, and because of the processing time.

I think this one is one of the best M42's I've ever done (yet!).

Thanks for the feedback!


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NeilMac
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Re: Orion Nebula 1/14/13 new [Re: jsines]
      #5646095 - 01/27/13 01:37 PM

very nice !

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