Sat on this data since January. I deviated from my typical tone mapping routine to try Nikita Misiura's wonderful neural network for star removal. Made quick work of this process and I was able to easily remove most of the artifacts by making a star mask using a difference layer in PS, then using a highlights selection of the stars followed by a content aware fill. I decided that I wanted to fully process a starless version so I still spent about 5 hours doing touch up work. The background is a bit mottled, which is typical for full star removal (I haven't found a way to fully smooth the background) and I tried to tastefully push this as far as I could. Part of the reason I wanted to go starless is that no matter how I oriented the image, I couldn't unsee the wizards face with that "eye" star there.
~12 hours SHO
PI and PS
Details on ABin
Version C is starless
Version B is with stars
NGC7380 is an open star cluster discovered in 1787 by Caroline Herschel. The surrounding Nebula is approximately 7200 light years distant and spans ~100 light years towards the constellation of Cepheus.
Edited by Destin1701, 15 April 2019 - 08:35 PM.