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Leo Triplet

  • Owner: jprideaux (View all images and albums)
  • Uploaded: Mar 16 2023 07:43 PM
  • Camera: VAONIS vespera-e45f0191ea06
  • Taken: 2023:03:16 20:07:24
  • Views: 137
  • Album: imaging
Leo Triplet

Leo Triplet (M65, M66, NGC 3628) last night with the Vespera. Mosaic mode for almost 3 hours. The actual imaging time was longer but it paused when the target was too close to zenith and then continued later on. For this capture I drove about 20 minutes away from home to a semi-dark site (about bortle 4.5). I slept a bit in the back of my car while it was collecting. Then drove home. For my post-processing, I just worked with the TIFF file using Affinity Photo. First I did the tone-mapping persona for the stretch with setting the expose down to -2 and the tone-compression to 25%. Then made layers for no stars and stars only. Then did a curves on the no-stars later.
Then did Topaz anti-noise on both layers. Then increased vibrance and saturation on the no-stars layer. Then combined the layers again to put stars back in.

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