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M81 - Bode's Galaxy / 2020 Version

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#1 Salacious B Crumb

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:36 AM

Here's another galaxy I have imaged before but wasn't happy the way it looked so I knew I had to go back and get better data when the Spring starts. Well the data is definitely better but I'm not sure how I feel about the final image.

 

Galaxies are very different to process than Nebula, not least because of the Stars and getting their colors right. More than that I was time time trying to find the right Hue / Saturation for the Galaxy itself. If you look at all the different M81's the AstroBin presents, you'll see that some of them show very light Blue arms (which I like) and some of them are clearly balanced more towards Dark Blue & Magenta colors. I ended up using this latter palette also as most of the images I checked seemed to favor those colors.

 

I keep experiencing still what's the best way to add the Lum data on the RGB data. This time I used a light Gray image to mask areas where there were no visible data as I noticed that it kept the BG smoother than what normal LRGBCombination did. The only negative with this approach is that you have to be careful that you won't loose data from areas with very faint signal. And as usually I did a million variations of different BG's ending up using one from somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. I'm OK if people think the image is too light or too dark, this was the happy medium for me.

 

C & C's are still welcome.

 

 

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#2 coopman

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:48 PM

Beautiful image, Mikko. Thanks.

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:42 PM

Looks great Mikko!



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:05 PM

Looks great, nice detail and good job on the core.



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:23 PM

really beautiful, the details are impressive. like the colors. well done and thank you.



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:29 PM

Thanks guys. Go check Tommy Nawratil's M81 he posted on AstroBin a few hours ago and you'll see a great Bode's galaxy.

 

 

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 04:42 PM

Yeah I couldn't keep my fingers out of it. I hated those dark dust lines and like this lighter version much better.

 

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