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#1 Thirteen

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:40 PM

Hello all,

 

It has been a while since I shared some images on Cloudy Nights.  I seem to get active for a bit and disappear.  But, I still love you even though I have a terrible way of showing it.  

 

I finished up about a year-long project on the Cat's Eye. What took me so long?   Months of doing absolutely nothing!

 

Anyway, I've attached a sample and you can click through to Astrobin for some more detail.    This is an HaOIIILRGB image with some exposure blending to capture all the brightness levels on one image.  I'm really happy with where this ended up... down to the tiny core.   But, I welcome the C&C and am always interested in some opinions.

 

What say ye?

 

https://astrob.in/394828/0/

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Jason Guenzel - Cats Eye - HaOIIILRGB Reduced.jpg


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:05 PM

This is insanely detailed! 

 

Unbelievably beautiful, thanks for sharing! bow.gif



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:08 PM

This is insanely detailed! 

 

Unbelievably beautiful, thanks for sharing! bow.gif

smile.gif Thanks! 



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:16 PM

With an 8" scope?  That's an amazing shot.



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:31 PM

With an 8" scope?  That's an amazing shot.

Many thanks.   Indeed it is the EdgeHD 8".  It seems to resolve to the limit of my seeing, so I've been happy with it.  



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:45 AM

"WOOF", said I.

 

The astrobin pic has great detail at the core. Take a bow.  bow.gif

 

 



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 01:00 AM

Super smooth, super detailed! Great color, too. Excellent work!



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 03:27 AM

That’s a nice capture. You’ve done a great job blending the various parts and been able to show the concentric rings just outside the core. Excellent work.

Cheers,
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 06:13 AM

Nice looking image Jason.



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 07:51 AM

Thanks for the positive comments. Appreciate it! I ended up running an hour of 60s narrowband exposures for the core luminance. I’m pretty sure I could have lucky imaged it, it is so bright.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 07:55 AM

Awesome picture!



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:02 AM

👍 thanks. Maybe this will be an inspiration for some folks since it’s rising in the morning now. I took my first subs in this in April 2018.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:03 AM

Hello all,

 

It has been a while since I shared some images on Cloudy Nights.  I seem to get active for a bit and disappear.  But, I still love you even though I have a terrible way of showing it.  

 

I finished up about a year-long project on the Cat's Eye. What took me so long?   Months of doing absolutely nothing!

 

And we still love you too Jason.   Talk about months of doing nothing.  I have had one imaging session all year so far. 

 

As always you have out done yourself again.smile.gif   Very nice image.   So on your stars, are you using that technique that Bob posted a link to on B&II forum?



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:12 AM

And we still love you too Jason. Talk about months of doing nothing. I have had one imaging session all year so far.

As always you have out done yourself again.smile.gif Very nice image. So on your stars, are you using that technique that Bob posted a link to on B&II forum?


Thanks for the kind words.

No, I’m not using that HSV repair (or whatever it’s called) but I do think it has some application. Myself, I usually just blur color in problem cores, which pulls the dominant color inward. With the brightness of the Lum you can’t notice the hue shift that remains. This is only a problem for me on saturated stars and I don’t think there really is much of that going on in this image crop.
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:20 AM

Very nice image!



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:59 AM

What's more to say?
Holee cats! That is one amazing Cat's Eye!

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 11:32 AM

YES! Nice work.



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 02:17 PM

Very nice image!

 

What's more to say?
Holee cats! That is one amazing Cat's Eye!

 

YES! Nice work.

Thanks to all, glad everyone likes it !



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 03:23 PM

Excellent image!



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Posted 16 March 2019 - 10:45 AM

Wow, wow, WOW! Unbelievable color and detail. The astrobin image is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. 



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Posted 16 March 2019 - 11:14 AM

Great to hear from you Jason. I seem to be suffering from the same effect you described earlier. I'm also not that much of a constant around here undecided.gif

 

I saw your image recently and I thinks it's just phenomenal. It shows what we amateurs can do with enough dedication! So hat off to you bow.gif


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 12:12 PM

Simply stunning....congratulations on a truly "work of art" (and expertice!).


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 04:44 PM

your image literally puts a lump in my throat . . . it is so beautiful . . . I truly appreciate all the work you've done on this . . . thank you .



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Posted 16 March 2019 - 09:23 PM

Excellent image!

 

 

Wow, wow, WOW! Unbelievable color and detail. The astrobin image is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. 

 

 

Great to hear from you Jason. I seem to be suffering from the same effect you described earlier. I'm also not that much of a constant around here undecided.gif

 

I saw your image recently and I thinks it's just phenomenal. It shows what we amateurs can do with enough dedication! So hat off to you bow.gif

 

 

Simply stunning....congratulations on a truly "work of art" (and expertice!).

 

 

your image literally puts a lump in my throat . . . it is so beautiful . . . I truly appreciate all the work you've done on this . . . thank you .

 

Wow, such a great reaction to this one.... and Astrobin IOTD today smile.gif 

 

Thanks all... this forum (and the B&II forum) are my roots.  Glad to give back!



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Posted 16 March 2019 - 10:09 PM

Jason,

That really is a stunning A+ image.  The detail, colors, and processing are all outstanding.  You should submit it for an APOD.  It has the appropriate “WOW” factor.  Very well done.

John


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