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Rankinstudio
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Orion Molecular Cloud new
      #6126112 - 10/08/13 11:28 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

I finally had some time to really invest in an image. Here is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud. The right side of the image is lit up by Barnard's Loop. I had been somewhat reserved about my decision to not modify this camera. After shooting many Ha targets with it, I have decided there is really no reason to mod it. A slight increase in red highlights and bam, looks just like a mod'd cam.

Check out the high resolution. 2500px wide. Busy image for sure.

http://rankinstudio.com/dnloads/orion2500.jpg

Shot the night of 10.7.13 from my back yard in Southern Utah
Canon 6D (Unmodified)
Atlas EQ-G
Canon 200mm F2.8 @ F4
20 Lights at 300 seconds ISO 1600
9 Lights at 30 seconds ISO 1600
1 Light at 30 seconds ISO 100
12 Flats
12 Bias
No Darks
Uncropped
Acquisition and Dither in BYE
Stacking in DSS
Post Processing in PS

Enjoy!


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whwang
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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: Rankinstudio]
      #6126248 - 10/09/13 01:28 AM

Hi,
That looks amazingly good for an unmodified DSLR.
In this image, there is a strong background gradient.
If you can remove that gradient, even fainter nebulas will become apparent.

Cheers,
Wei-Hao


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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: whwang]
      #6126664 - 10/09/13 10:11 AM

Thanks Wei. I believe the gradient is being caused by the light from Banard's Loop I did calibrate the shot and it was a very dark night.

I am out of town and did edit on a laptop, but this image clearly shows where the natural gradient is coming from:

http://www.ancientstarlight.com/images/Barnards_Loop.jpg

I'll probably give it another stab when I get back home.


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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: Rankinstudio]
      #6127933 - 10/09/13 09:35 PM

That's good stuff, David!!

David


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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6127943 - 10/09/13 09:43 PM

That is so cool!!!!!

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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: Stargazer78]
      #6128121 - 10/09/13 11:36 PM

Nice job on this. The 6d unmodded is very impressive.

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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud [Re: petemumbower]
      #6128162 - 10/09/13 11:55 PM

Great work David! I am glad to see the 6D getting some love! It truly is an amazing camera for the price!

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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: SuperBlueNova]
      #6129546 - 10/10/13 05:36 PM

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That's good stuff, David!!




Thanks David!

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That is so cool!!!!!




Thanks!

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Nice job on this. The 6d unmodded is very impressive.




Thanks, I've been super impressed with it so far. It does some amazing things.

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Great work David! I am glad to see the 6D getting some love! It truly is an amazing camera for the price!




Thanks! I agree, it was worth every cent.

Just got Lasik on my eyes today. Man, 20/20 without glasses is amazing. Still a bit hazy by my glasses are a thing of the past now. So excited to look up at the night sky in Southern UT with my new eyes. A first light of sorts.

Cheers!


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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: Rankinstudio]
      #6130089 - 10/10/13 10:46 PM Attachment (2 downloads)

I think I pushed it a bit too hard. Here is a reprocess a bit more natural looking, more care given:

Registration and Stacking in Iris this time. Saved as Fits. Initial Stretching in Fits Liberator. Combined in Photoshop. Post processing in Photoshop.

Enjoy!

Large:
http://rankinstudio.com/dnloads/orion2500.jpg


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srosenfraz
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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: Rankinstudio]
      #6130308 - 10/11/13 01:31 AM

Really nice, David - I like the vivid star colors and both the HH and M42 really pop!

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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: srosenfraz]
      #6130687 - 10/11/13 10:01 AM

Thanks Scott!

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fco_star
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Re: Orion Molecular Cloud new [Re: Rankinstudio]
      #6130756 - 10/11/13 10:44 AM

David, where did you increase the red's? at the processing? could you please post one of the images with no red increase?
thanks


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