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The Horsehead Nebula - Five Minute Challenge

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#1 Daniel Dance

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 03:04 PM

Well, since I'm starting to hate image processing with an absolute passion, I've set a new rule for myself that I will no longer spend more than five minutes processing (does not include the batch calibration script) on any astro-image in the year 2017.  Since bad weather has plagued NJ for the past three months, this is one of the only images I captured all winter.

 

On second thoughts, I may redo it.  Looks too red to me now for some reason.

 

So here is my horsehead.

 

Image Specs:
Takahashi TOA-130 w/ 67-FL

QSI 683

RGB (1 hour each binned 1x1)

Processing:  5 minutes (Photoshop)

 

Enjoy!

 

33175762736_b3d5fd409b_b.jpghorsehead_B33_01 by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr


Edited by Daniel Dance, 03 March 2017 - 03:05 PM.

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#2 nathang123

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 03:13 PM

If nothing clips, it's not too red!

Looks good.



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 03:30 PM

I agree it looks fine to me.



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 08:35 AM

I always have a very hard time with the hue of emission nebula.  I know there really isn't a correct hue and it's purely subjective, but aesthetically, certain hues don't look right to me.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 02:22 AM

I actually did some reading on this today, and it turns out that the majority of the nebula does have a substantial blue component, as many do (if you're going for as realistic as possible). Still very strongly red compared to most, though. 



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:59 PM

May I ask why you hate processing so much? It's just s little strange because that's one of my favorite parts.


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