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#1 RBA

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:20 PM

Here's my latest deep-sky image, which likely gives you a first-time look at the faint high galactic cirrus clouds (IFN) in this area of the sky.

Small preview:

 

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Larger version: https://c2.staticfli...00d92dc77_o.jpg
 

The small spiral galaxy near the center is M64 or Black Eye Galaxy. The brown and reddish dusty structures you see dominating the image may appear bright, but in reality they're extremely faint - even the brightest area in the middle barely sits above the noise floor . As usual in many of my images, the goal was to make visible what we rarely see, even in other deep photographs, while not blowing out other - actually bright - objects. In fact, the "double flare" looking cloud (it looks like that to me) started appearing as nothing more than a dim smudge against a black background at first. Long story short: here's the footprint of the IFN around M64.

Details about the capture:

L: 54x15'
RGB: 20x5' each
Total exposure time: 18.5 hours
Dual Takahashi FSQ106EDX + SBIG STL11k CCD
Avg seeing, good transp.
SQM: 21.4 ~ 21.7
2/28 & 3/2/17 from DARC Obs. California

Hope you like it!

 

Cheers,

Rogelio


Edited by RBA, 07 March 2017 - 10:21 PM.


#2 ram812

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:24 PM

That IS stunning!waytogo.gif I've taken pics of Blackeye before and didn't even realize the surrounding area was so loaded with gas and other interesting objects! Guess I need a focal reducer...



#3 srosenfraz

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:49 PM

Fascinating Rogelio - I guess we're all so fixated on taking tight images of M64, that we never bother to see what's around it!  Congratulations on such an unusual and exceptional image!



#4 Jerry Lodriguss

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 12:09 AM

Rogelio,

 

That is wonderful!

 

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:40 AM

Great FOV and image.smile.gif

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#6 Cristina Cellini

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:53 AM

A different point of view of M64! Beautiful shot!

 

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#7 RBA

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:38 AM

Thanks for all the comments!



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:06 PM

Daaaaaaang! That's a beauty. I'll have to try that shot one of these years (just cause I never knew about all that other stuff).

 

Cool!

 

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#9 GA-HAMAL

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:30 PM

WOW ! ohmy.png



#10 Rankinstudio

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:35 PM

Stunning image.



#11 R Botero

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 02:51 AM

Superb Rogelio :bow:

#12 Jim Thommes

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:40 PM

Rogelio,

Pretty interesting stuff. Nice work on the processing - I impressed that M64 isn't just a white blob.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:40 PM

very fun stuff as usual!  getting me excited to get my widefield rig up and running!



#14 RBA

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:35 PM

Thanks!

 

Jim, M64 is not a white blob because when I stretched the "background", the galaxy was protected via a mask (it's not an HDR or composite).

 

Thanks,

Rogelio




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