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First Attempt at Imaging the North America Nebula

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#1 AXAF

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 03:37 PM

This is my first attempt at imaging the North America Nebula, the "gulf" region to be specific.

 

Equipment List:

  1. StellarVue SVQ100 APO.
  2. AstroDon Tru-Balance LRGB E-series filters.
  3. ZWO 183MM PRO camera operated at -20 C. Every frame was 60s exposure. Gain = 50, Offset = 0.
  4. iOptron iEQ45 Pro mount.
  5. Image acquisition: Voyager Astrophotography Automation s/w.
  6. Guided with PHD2.

Images collected:

 

Luminance filter: 120 frames.

Red filter: 60 frames.

Green filter: 60 frames.

Blue filter: 60 frames.

 

Calibration:

  1. 120 dark frames at -20 C. Every frame was 60s exposure. Gain = 50, Offset = 0.
  2. 12 flat field frames. Gain = 50, Offset = 0.
  3. 12 bias frames. Gain = 50, Offset = 0.

Images were processed in Maxim DL. Curve stretch was applied using Gimp. Would PixInsight have better

tools to draw out more color, or do i simply have to collect more RGB data due to my light polluted skies?

 

Comments desired. Hopefully it is half-decent.

 

-Gary

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#2 stargazer60

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:18 PM

Nice image. waytogo.gif 



#3 ChristopherBeere

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:18 PM

Data is good, you can easily get more colour by simply increasing saturation and you can stretch it a bit harder to get more pop.

 

PixInsight doesnt have any magic bullets, its awesome and well worth investing in but you can get good results using pretty much anything if the data is solid.



#4 StarBurger  Happy Birthday!

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:24 PM

Well it's not half decent...it's totally decent!

Very nice capture.

Let's see more.



#5 AXAF

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 05:12 PM

Data is good, you can easily get more colour by simply increasing saturation and you can stretch it a bit harder to get more pop.

 

PixInsight doesnt have any magic bullets, its awesome and well worth investing in but you can get good results using pretty much anything if the data is solid.

Thanks for those tips. This version definitely has more pop.

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#6 okietwisterdan

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 01:36 PM

Nice! I have zero criticisms simply because you are leagues ahead of my skills, and equipment. I just took about 40 minutes worth of exposures of the North America Nebula with a 100mm lens and DSLR, plus darks, flats, dark flats, and bias frames. I stacked it all in DSS and now I need to edit the tif. It is actually my first real astrophoto using DSS and calibration frames. I hope it turns out good. Yours is really nice, and even though I am using completely different equipment, I hope mine turns out that good.  


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