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#1 tjugo

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 10:58 PM

Hi, I want to share a summer classic, the core of the Lagoon Nebula. My goal was to capture the core of the nebula with all the fine details without over exposing it. After a couple of tests it was clear that I cannot go longer than 5min, otherwise the core will be clipped.
 
The image was created using Ha as Luminance.
 
Ha was captured with my TOA150 and Atik 460x, The color data was 'borrowed' from one of my old captures (circa 2014) with the same camera but with a 12inch Newtonian. 
 
The TOA is way sharper than my 12 inch Newtonian and the star profiles are fantastic.
 
The attached image is a crop at native resolution. (moderators resized the photo to comply with TOS, if you want to see it full res please click to the external link)
 
Capture details:
 
OTA: Takahashi TOA150
Mount: Paramount MX+
Filters: Astrodon 5nm
Camera Atik 460ex
35x5min Ha, used as Lum (TOA 150)
1x30min OIII (12 inch TPO newtonian)
5x1min RGB for stars (12 inch TPO newtonian)
 

Full resolution image:

 

https://mtanous.file...m8_crop1_v2.jpg

Clear Skies,
 
José
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Edited by tjugo, 18 July 2019 - 12:06 PM.

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:14 PM

That's nice looking detail in the core. I like seeing and doing shots like this since most people concentrate on wide-field setups when imaging such nebulae.

 

You also captured the "speeding Panther" and the head (just) of Godzilla, two animal-like dark clouds that are near to the core of the Lagoon Nebula.


Edited by james7ca, 17 July 2019 - 11:34 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:39 PM

That's nice looking detail in the core. I like seeing and doing shots like this since most people concentrate on wide-field setups when imaging such nebulae.

 

You also captured the "speeding Panther" and the head (just) of Godzilla, two animal-like dark clouds that are near to the core of the Lagoon Nebula.

Indeed, most photographers capture this nebula with widefield setups, trying to process the whole nebula is really hard and usually in widefield captures you cannot properly process the core cause the image will look weird.

 

Cheers,

 

José



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:55 AM

Wow! That’s gorgeous! Great work!
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Posted 18 July 2019 - 01:12 AM

This is an amazing photo, you really have to zoom in to see how good it is.
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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:03 PM

Wow! That’s gorgeous! Great work!

Thanks!



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:04 PM

This is an amazing photo, you really have to zoom in to see how good it is.

Thanks! The moderators resize my photo so the only way to see it full res is by clicking to the external link.

 

Cheers,

 

Jose




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