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#1 Destin1701

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:58 PM

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.

 

Quick Stats:

~12 hours SHO

SV105

QSI6120

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Details on ABin

 

Version C is starless

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Version B is with stars

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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.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:23 PM

Really pretty. I like the starless version.
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#3 44maurer

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:03 PM

Both are really nice.
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#4 Atik Cameras

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 05:43 AM

Both images are excellent! 

 

Be sure to enter them into the QSI imaging competition we are running, https://qsimaging.co...20-competition/

 

Vince :)


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#5 Jeff2011

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 01:06 PM

Very nice.  Love the colors.  Yeah Nikita's star removal is cool.


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#6 Destin1701

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 07:21 PM

Thanks everyone. Yeah, I have to play around with some of the variables in Nikita’s star removal - should be able to limit the artifacts even more.


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